Tesla Safety Report indicates that Tesla Fires are Rare
UNITED STATES – According to an online article at teslarati.com, Tesla released its quarterly safety report which indicates that Teslas that are operating on autopilot are not as likely as other vehicles to be involved in an accident. The report also provides that vehicular fires are rare, with some quarterly reports not indicating that there was a fire at all.*
According to Tesla, fires in their vehicles are rare. However, the results of their analysis indicates that an increase of one fire per quarter to two fires per quarter results in a 100% raise. Per Tesla, it has stated that it will offer vehicular fire data per year to avoid a misrepresentation of the numbers of vehicle fires and to assure an accurate comparison to the average of vehicle fires per year in the United States.
Data produced by the electric car manufacturer indicates that between 2012 and 2018, there was one Tesla fire for every 170 million miles that were traveled. In light of the National Fire Protection Agency and the United States Department of Transportation records of one vehicle fire per 19 million miles traveled, the Tesla data demonstrates that its vehicles are 8 times less likely than other vehicles to be involved in a fire.
It should be noted that Tesla’s vehicular fire statistics between 2012 and 2018 are not exclusive to situations where their vehicles caught fire. Tesla’s data also provides fire incidents that result from arson, structural fires and other factors that are not related to the vehicle itself.
The Tesla Q2 2019 report indicates that there was one crash for every 3.27 million miles traveled with the autopilot feature engaged. In vehicles where the autopilot was not engaged but where the vehicle’s safety features were, Tesla recorded an accident for every 2.19 million miles traveled.
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