NTSB Report Claims Electric Cars Such as Tesla May Be Prone to Catching Fire


October 05, 2018

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) initiated an investigation into a car fire involving a new Tesla sedan. The NTSB does not typically investigate car fires. Car fires happen regularly as a result of overheated brakes or crossed wires or after an accident when fuel spilled and ignited. The commonplace nature of car fires does not trigger a response from a federal agency charged with investigating plane crashes and other transportation-related disasters. 

This particular car fire caught the eye of federal authorities. The NTSB stated in its preliminary report regarding the car fire that the agency is interested in learning about the potential combustibility of electric cars in addition to determining why this individual Tesla motor vehicle suddenly burst into flames.

People operating vehicles like Teslas that have autonomous driving features or cars that run on an electric charge primarily rather than a combustible engine should be aware of the possibility that the car could catch fire without warning. 

The preliminary report authored by investigators from the NTSB reveal a troubling fact. The report suggests that agents of the Tesla motor vehicle company are aware that their cars can catch fire spontaneously. The investigators refer to the local fire department placing a phone call to Tesla to inquire about how to contain the fire and preserve the car.

Since vehicles like Tesla are relatively new to the general public, firefighters may not know the best practices to contain the fire. Therefore, contacting Tesla was a wise move. Tesla representatives told the firefighters that a possibility of the fire re-igniting exists until the battery is cooled off. Based on that information it seems that Tesla knows its cars can catch fire and that the battery is to blame for the problem.

The NTSB has not released its final report. The motoring public will not know until the NTSB releases its final report whether this is an isolated incident or widespread threat. Tesla has not announced a recall of its cars due to a possible fire hazard.

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