Feds Won't Investigate Fiery Tesla Crash

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Earlier this month, a Tesla Model S was in an accident where it caught on fire. The feds will not investigate the fire. And that's because, sometimes cars catch on fire when they crash.

The fire, which was caused by a crash and saw a fire erupt in one of the battery cells, was not enough of a disaster for the NHTSA to consider it the result of a safety defect.


This was the first case of the Model S having a major fire event in a crash, and with no trend and no reason to believe it was a fault with the vehicle, the NHTSA decided to close the book on this one.

That's the right move.

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That's the right move.

I don't even know how to process the idea of a federal agency not doing something that doesn't need to be done.