It is well known that Tesla Model S Cars, like Spinal Tap drummers, have a tendency to spontaneously combust. There have been several instances in the past two years, usually occurring after an accident or collision, not always immediately after but several days after. This led one safety expert in California to suggest there is a serious problem with the battery pack.
Tesla Cars deny there is a problem of course, well they would, wouldn’t they? In a recent court hearing over one case the company bizarrely claimed that one of it’s cars had burst into flames after somebody fired a bullet into the battery pack.
But now there has been a case of spontaneous Tesla Model S combustion (perhaps that’s why they call it the model S,) that does not involve a bullet, or a collision
A Tesla Model S that was not being worked on or driven spontaneously combusted on Tuesday, catching fire in a tyre shop parking lot near the Bay Area, San Francisco according to NBC news. After the fire department arrived and the Tesla was subsequently towed away, it then reignited a second time at a tow yard.
The owner of the tyre shop said after the vehicle arrived on a tow truck, they noticed a “hissing sound” coming from it shortly before the vehicle went up in flames. The batteries in the vehicle continued to burn long after the flames were put out, the fire department concluded, and there was no indication that anyone was shooting at the batteries this time.
“It’s a brand new car, I just got it three months ago, there’s only 1200 miles on the car,” the owner told NBC Bay Area. The report stated that the owner will likely not replace the car with another Tesla due to “a lack of customer service” and “safety concerns”.
“No more Teslas,” the driver told NBC. “If this car was in the house and we were on vacation, and this thing caught fire in the garage, the whole house could go under!”
Watch a video of the Tesla Model S AutoBBQ feature being demonstrated.