More Teenagers Injured in Tesla Crash and Resulting Battery Fire
More teenagers in the United States have been injured in a Tesla vehicle crashand resulting fire involving the car’s lithium-ion batteries. These vehicles have been associated with several high-profile crashes and vehicle fires, including a deadly accident that claimed two teenagers’ lives in California.*
Three teenagers were injured in a Tesla crash in Rindge, New Hampshire. A 17-year-old boy was driving a 2017 Tesla Model X and suddenly crashed into a tree. The car split in half after the crash and caught on fire. The teen driver, a 17-year-old passenger, and a 19-year-old passenger were injured in the crash.
The driver and the 17-year-old passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries, while the 19-year-old passenger suffered life-threatening injuries. Firefighters at the scene told reporters that they were particularly concerned about the fire because the vehicle involved was a Tesla. The electronic batteries in the Tesla posed “hazardous issues” at the scene, according to the local police chief.
This is one of several Tesla accidents that have injured teenagers in the U.S. and one of many associated with destructive fires. Last year, several teenagers traveling in a Tesla Model S in California crashed into a concrete highway wall, after which the vehicle caught on fire. A report from the National Transportation Safety Board said the lithium-ion battery pack in the Tesla reignited twice after firefighters extinguished the flames.
Two teenagers died in the California wreck, and one of the teen’s parents is now suing Tesla. These vehicles present unique risks to drivers and passengers, especially teenagers, who are statistically more prone to crashes in the United States. The vehicles can easily reach extreme speeds, are equipped with semi-autonomous driving capabilities, and pack a set of batteries that can readily ignite and explode.
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