Tesla Model S bursts into flames

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 19, 2018

Over the weekend, a Tesla S belonging to the husband of West Wing star Mary McCormack burst into flames while on a Los Angeles street. Her husband, Michael Morris, has worked as a producer for the ABC show "Brothers and Sisters", and directed episodes of "Smash", "House of Cards" and "Kingdom". Fortunately, a couple flagged her husband down and asked him to pull over and there were no injuries.

"This is an extraordinarily unusual occurrence, and we are investigating the incident to find out what happened".

"Our initial investigation shows that the cabin of the vehicle was totally unaffected by the fire due to our battery architecture, which is created to protect the cabin in the very rare event that a battery fire occurs", the spokesman said.

The NTSB did not say that it is opening a formal probe into the matter, but is "sending one technical specialist to observe Tesla's examination of the vehicle".

A Tesla spokesperson tells PEOPLE, "We offer our support to local authorities and are glad our customer is safe".

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Are electric cars more likely to catch fire?

There are no known issues with Teslas catching fire on their own, not related to an accident.

Some scientists have criticized the use of lithium-ion batteries in cars, because their chemistry is not as stable as some would like.

She wrote that the cabin of the Model S was unaffected by the fire, allowing the driver to exit the vehicle safely. The editor-in-chief of auto site Edmunds notes, "We've driven over 50,000 miles in these vehicles and have never replicated this or anything like it, nor have we seen any evidence elsewhere of other cars spontaneously catching fire, so I think it needs more investigation".

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