The Tesla Model “S Plaid” has barely rolled off the production line and already there are problems. In the US state of Pennsylvania, one of the luxury cars bursts into flames while driving. The driver can only escape from the burning vehicle with difficulty.
A just delivered new Tesla top model “S Plaid” has burst into flames, according to a lawyer. The driver, a company executive, was only able to save himself from the burning vehicle by using force because the electric door lock was jammed, explained attorney Mark Geragos. The car became a ball of fire shortly after it rolled into a residential area in Pennsylvania, he said. “It was a horrific and horrifying experience,” Geragos said. Tesla did not immediately comment on the matter when asked.
The U.S. electric car pioneer’s latest luxury car has only been shipping since June. The case is now being investigated, the lawyer further explained, and demanded that Tesla take the model off the market until the causes were clear. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had touted the car at its world premiere, saying it was “faster than any Porsche and safer than any Volvo.” The development of the battery had been more complex because of safety issues.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it would investigate the case and intervene if the public needed to be protected. The agency was already looking into quite a few accidents involving Tesla models due to the automated driving feature.
As recently as April, two men suffered fatal injuries in Texas when their Tesla crashed into a tree and caught fire. According to initial police reports, no one was driving during the accident. According to preliminary findings, the car’s “autopilot” system was not fully activated. Since important memory technology of the vehicle was destroyed in the crash, the case may never be fully solved.