Tesla Model S Catches Fire in Toronto Garage [UPDATE]
When an electric car goes up in flames, naysayers take notice. But when said electric car goes up in flames for the fourth time in only a few short months, well, the whole world is watching now. Tesla and its Model S are back in the news for another fire in the garage of one Toronto owners home. In a report from Business Insider, the four-month old Model S caught fire earlier this February when it sat parked, unplugged in the owners garage. Reports say the fire was “intense,” but the fire department was able to diffuse the situation quickly. PHOTOS: See More of the 2012 Tesla C Concept by Dejan Hristov After finding out about the fire, Tesla was quick to issue a statement:
"Dealing with occasional fires is something that every car company has to do, as no vehicle is completely fireproof under all circumstances. What matters is the number of such incidents per car, and it is worth noting that gasoline car companies experience an average of five to ten times more fires per car than Tesla. The Model S continues to have the best safety track record of any vehicle in the world," said the company.
"In this particular case, we don’t yet know the precise cause, but have definitively determined that it did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, as these components were untouched by the fire.”
So far, no causes have yet to be determined, and Tesla has offered to repair any damages at its own cost.
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[UPDATE 02/17, 11:16]
Investigators are currently in the process of determining the cause, but reports suggest that the Model S may not be to blame. Facts will be given at a later date.