Tesla Battery Fires

CAS Statement on Opening of NHTSA Investigation into Tesla Battery Fires

The NHTSA investigation is the best way Tesla has to insure the safety of the Model S and restore consumer confidence.  Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, the Tesla fires occurred on the road and not in the lab.  Unlike the Volt, the Tesla had three fires not one.  Tesla needs to fully cooperate with NHTSA to determine the problem is lack of a shield and not a more serious battery problem like the Boeing Dreamliner.

Government Not Musk Will Have Final Word on Tesla Recall – 11/13/13

Tesla Motors Inc. co-founder Elon Musk says “there’s definitely not going to be a recall” of the company’s Model S sedan. Ultimately, it’s not up to him.

U.S. regulators’ decision on whether to start a defect investigation, which can lead to a recall, will depend whether they see three fires in five weeks as freak occurrences or evidence of a design flaw in the plug-in car.

Tesla’s top safety rating comes with fine print – 8/23/13

Is the Tesla Model S really the safest car on the road?

One key fact went unnoticed this week as Tesla Motors Inc. trumpeted its “best” crash-test rating in the media: The federal government doesn’t test most other luxury cars.

So the Model S may be safer than many cars costing far less. But whether it’s safer than direct competitors from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz — considered among the safest cars available — remains a mystery.

Tesla's top safety rating comes with fine print – 8/23/13

Is the Tesla Model S really the safest car on the road?

One key fact went unnoticed this week as Tesla Motors Inc. trumpeted its “best” crash-test rating in the media: The federal government doesn’t test most other luxury cars.

So the Model S may be safer than many cars costing far less. But whether it’s safer than direct competitors from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz — considered among the safest cars available — remains a mystery.

Feds review third Tesla fire as shares fall again – 11/7/13

Federal investigators said today they are going to take a look at the latest fire involving a Tesla Model S as the electric car maker’s stock shares continued to tumble.

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