Tesla vehicle unexpectedly bursts into flames

Marco Green
June 18, 2018

Startling video showing a Tesla Model S appearing to burst into flames on a Los Angeles street has been shared thousands of times since it was posted late Friday night. "No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd".

"And thank god my three little girls weren't in the auto with him", she added, after thanking the "kind couple" who told her husband to pull over. "And thank god my three little girls weren't in the vehicle with him".

Director of some episodes for the Netflix show, "13 Reasons Why" is still searching for a reason why his Tesla vehicle caught fire in the middle of traffic in California. Tesla has had problems with its Autopilot feature, including deadly crashes in California and Florida.

Noting the video appeared to show a battery fire, a Tesla spokesman called the incident an "extraordinarily unusual occurrence". Tesla has further confirmed that it is investing the reason behind the fire.

In a separate Tweet, Morris said his vehicle was an "ordinary Tesla, not one with Autopilot", referring to several recent crash when Tesla's Autopilot auto steering and adaptive cruise-control system were engaged during accidents.

Some scientists have criticized the use of lithium-ion batteries in cars, because their chemistry is not as stable as some would like. Since then, Tesla has reinforced the cars' undercarriage to better protect the battery packs and adjusted the car's air suspension.

Tesla cars are 10 times less likely to catch fire than gasoline-fueled cars, the automaker said, citing data from the National Fire Protection Association and U.S. Federal Highway Administration.

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