Tesla Model S involved in fire incident in Toronto, Canada

Article by Anita Panait, on February 20, 2014

Tesla Motors Inc. is looking into a fire incident that involved a Model S in Toronto, Canada this month. The fire occurred as the car's owner returned from a drive. The Model S, however, wasn't plugged in to recharge when it occurred, the Business Insider Web site reported. "After a few moments, the owner's fire detector went off and the fire department was called," Business Insider said.

Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said that the carmaker is reviewing the incident and hasn't determined how it started. "The Model S continues to have the best safety track record of any vehicle in the world," Tesla said in a statement.

The carmaker noted that it has definitively determined that the fire did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle -- components that were untouched by the fire.

In 2013, Tesla updated charging software following a fire incident that occurred while a Model S was recharging in a garage in Irvine, Calif. The company determined that the fire was caused by house wiring. Orange County fire officials, meanwhile, said the fire could have been the house or the car's charging cable.

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commenced a probe onto the Model S on Nov. 19 following two US fire incidents that occurred after drivers ran over road debris that punctured the cars' lithium-ion battery packs.

Tesla has sent seven employees to review the Toronto fire, Business Insider said. The report added that while Tesla offered to take care of the damages and inconvenience caused by the fire, the owner declined the offer.

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