Third Tesla Model S fire occurs in Smyrna, Tennessee

Article by Anita Panait, on November 12, 2013

In a span of six weeks, three fire incidents involving the Tesla Model S electric car have occurred. The latest incident occurred on November 6, 2013, as published at the Tesla Motors Club Web site. The site contained pictures of the incident, which also appeared on Instagram. A spokesman for Tesla has confirmed the incident, which happened in Smyrna, Tenn.

The company said it has been in touch with the driver, who did not suffer any injury from the incident. According to the highway patrol, the Tesla Model S is registered to Juris Shibayama of Murfreesboro, but it remains unclear if the owner was the one who drove the vehicle.

Tesla spokeswoman Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean said in a statement that they will provide more information about the fire incident once a team sent to probe what happened is able to so. Tesla said the fire was the result of an accident and was not a spontaneous event.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the incident occurred on Interstate 24 in Smyrna around 1:30 pm. Police dispatcher Kathy Bryant remarked that it was possible that the Model S ran over a piece of metal in the roadway, noting that “there was extensive damage." Although police has no idea how fast the Model S was cruising the Interstate, the driver was able to pull over to the shoulder and get out of the car.

The incident occurred four miles from the exit for Nissan’s Smyrna plant that makes the Leaf EV. The first fire incident involving Model S occurred on Oct. 1 outside Seattle, when it collided with a large piece of metal debris in the road, punching a hole through the armor plate that secured the battery pack.

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