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Timeline of Spontaneous Vehicle Fires Involving Teslas

September 08, 2019

UNITED STATES – An online article from creates a timeline of recent spontaneous, non-crash-related vehicle fires involving Teslas. The incidents have occurred worldwide.*

June 2019 – In the beginning of June 2019, a Tesla Model S was charging at a hotel in Antwerp, Belgium. The owner said that he plugged his vehicle into a charger and went for a brief walk. By the time that he returned, the vehicle was on fire. Firefighters went the extra mile to make sure that the batteries were completely extinguished, submerging the vehicle in a bath of water for a full night. 

May 2019 – In mid-May 2019, a Tesla Model S caught on fire while sitting in a parking garage in Hong Kong. The owner parked the vehicle and went into a store nearby, and the car spontaneously burst into flames. Surveillance video captured the incident. Tesla announced a technology update to the Model S and Model X after this fire, which is intended to adjust thermal management.

May 2019 – Also in May 2019, a Tesla Model S caught on fire in a home garage in San Francisco, California. The vehicle was reportedly not charging at the time, and someone called the fire department after seeing smoke billowing from the garage door. 

April 2019 – In April 2019, another Tesla Model S was in a parking garage in Hong Kong and caught on fire. Surveillance video again captured the incident, which showed smoke pluming from the vehicle, followed by an explosion. The vehicle was not plugged in and not running at the time. 

February 2019 – In February 2019, a Tesla Model X caught on fire while parked in a residential garage. The vehicle was charging at the time. Several months later, as the vehicle was being transported to another location for inspection by fire officials, it spontaneously reignited. 

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