Seattle, WA – A Tesla electric car was caught on tape engulfed in flames that grew from the Model S’s battery pack and caused problems for the Firefighters attempting to put out the fire. Tesla Motors Inc. stock fell more than 6 percent after the video went viral on YouTube, tarnishing Tesla’s claim to be the ‘safest car in America.’
According to reports, ‘the liquid-cooled 85 kilowatt-hour battery in the Tesla Model S is mounted below the passenger compartment floor and uses lithium-ion chemistry similar to the batteries in laptop computers and mobile phones. Investors and companies have been particularly sensitive to the batteries’ fire risks, especially given issues in recent years involving the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car and Boeing’s new 787 airplane.’
The fire was started when a metallic object hit one of the battery pack’s modules, and reignited several times until firefighters used a dry chemical extinguisher in place of water to douse the flames.
While this video is shocking the flames were contained to the front of the vehicle and, fortunately, no one was injured. When factory defects result in the injury of innocent consumers, personal injury attorneys like Steinger, Iscoe & Greene are here to provide answers and hold the negligent accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a manufacturer defect, Call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene to find out more information and get your free consultation today.