Tesla catches fire multiple times after fatal crash. Are the cars unsafe?


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Jason Levine, executive director of the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, said whether Teslas are safe is “probably too broad a question for us to comment on, particularly as we do not yet know the specifics of this crash.” He noted there are close to 40,000 fatalities involving cars and trucks each year in the U.S. As more Teslas enter the market each year, “the likelihood only increases of their involvement in such crashes,” Levine said.
Levine said questions remain about how prone Tesla vehicles are “not only to the battery reigniting — but also to fires in the first place — as compared to other electric and non-electric vehicles. “So far the data is inconclusive, but it is worth watching,” he said.
Levine of the Center for Auto Safety said a specific concern about Tesla involves the way the company, and “particularly it’s CEO, Elon Musk, describe the capabilities of their technology.

Does the Tesla’s tendency to erupt into a deadly inferno make it unsafe, or do the high-tech vehicles’ futuristic features encourage drivers to operate them unsafely?
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