NHTSA Studying Third Tesla Model S Fire

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole
Bust out the marshmallows and weenies, it’s reported that another Tesla Model S has caught on fire. This is the third one to go up in flames recently.

The car in question was located in Smyrna, Tennessee when it got too hot to handle after a crash. Maybe it caught on fire because it was in Nissan territory? The company builds its all-electric Leaf there. Unfortunately for Tesla this incident has caught the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The organization released a statement about the fire. “NHTSA will contact the local authorities who are looking into the incident to determine if there are vehicle safety implications that merit agency action.” Action… that sounds ominous for the California-based automaker.

The previous fire happened in Seattle, Washington where a Model S’s armor-plated battery pack was punctured by on-road debris. Before that one of the cars crashed in a traffic circle in Mexico, bursting into flames.

[Source: USA Today]

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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