Earlier this week, Tesla Motors Inc. had to deal with the third Model S vehicle which was involved in a fire within the last five weeks. But, on the other hand, fortuitously the Tesla Model S drivers are happy with their vehicles despite of the fires.
After hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, a Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week, making it the third fire in a Model S since last five weeks. On Wednesday afternoon, near Smyrna, Tenn., the fire engulfed the front part of the car. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a statement, that the Model S ran over a tow hitch, which hit the undercarriage of the car, resulting in an electrical fire.
According to the reports, it is the second Model S blaze involved in road debris. The reports also suggests that in early October, a driver near Seattle hit debris that penetrated a shield and the battery pack, triggering the fire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog, said that the agency will contact Tennessee authorities to determine if there are any safety problems that need further action.
Liz Jarvis-Shean, the Company spokeswoman, said in a statement that the fire was not self-generated. She said that, the company contacted the driver, who believes the car saved his life.
According to reports, Tesla, till date has sold around 16,251 Model S cars in the U.S. The Model S which caught fire, starts at US$70,000, and is capable to go up to 265 miles on a single charge.