Tesla top-of-range car caught fire while owner was driving, lawyer says

Tuesday, when the owner was on their way, only three days after the $129,900, a Tesla Model S Plaid electric vehicle was being delivered after a June debut, a driver's lawyer said Reuters.

The driver, identified as an "executive entrepreneur," was initially unable to escape the car as his electronic door system was failed, leading the driver to "use the force to open it."


The car continued moving from 11 to 12 feet (35 feet) until it turned into a flame in a residential area in the vicinity of the owner's home, Pennsylvania.

"The experience was horrific and harrowing," said Geragos.


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"It's a totally new model... We are initiating an investigation. We ask that the S Plaid be founded, that it be not on the road till we reach the bottom," he said.

When Reuters was contacted, Tesla had no immediate comment.

Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla at the car manufacturer's factory in Fremont, California in the last month, declared his Model S version as "faster than any Porsche, safer than any Volvo."

The new Model S sedan and sports car Model X had a new battery pack earlier in April, he added.

"We have had to develop quite a bit to make sure the battery is safe for the new S/X," Musk said in a call to discuss production delays. "The development of new version had more challenges than expected."


In a now-removed post on Facebook, local fire authorities said "a Tesla was on fire" and that "the batteries were cooled down to assure full extinction."

The National Highways Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that the "collection of information on the event is in touch with the appropriate agencies and the manufacturer."

The NHTSA will, when appropriate, take measures to protect the public if the data or investigations indicate a defect or inherent safety risk," said the Federal Safety Agency.

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