Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) said that he is confident that the Model S vehicle is safe and will be cleared by a federal investigation into two battery fires. Elon Musk said that he is confident that the Model S electric car is safe and will be cleared by a federal investigation into two battery fires.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said that the fires happened after metal road debris pierced the underbody of the cars at highway speeds. Musk said that he does not expect a recall and said engineers are not working on any fixes for the Model S.
Nobody was hurt in the fires that happened in Seattle and Nashville. There was another fire that happened in Mexico after a driver hit a concrete wall at over 100MPH. The Model S hit a curved truck part in Seattle in the first battery fire and the second battery fire happened when a Model S hit a trailer hitch in Tennessee.
“I’m not saying it can’t happen again,” stated Musk. “I’m saying in any kind of low-speed impact, you’re fine. Any car, Model S or not Model S, the underside is going to get significantly damaged if you drive over a large metal object.”
Musk said that the fires felt like torture since they received too much media attention despite no one getting injured and passenger compartments staying intact.