The burgeoning-yet-groundbreaking electric-car company, Tesla, has been getting a lot of attention lately. Some good, some bad, and some that doesn’t make any sense to me. The company, founded by serial entrepreneur and tech innovator, Elon Musk, faced some much unneeded news recently: their cars were catching on fire!
I’m a fan of Tesla and of Musk’s endeavors in general — except for that whole PayPal issue, he knows what he did — and I was really hoping these fires weren’t going to be related to manufacturing defects — thus pounding another nail into their coffin.
Well, it looks as though they weren’t at fault. A statement released by Tesla says that tests done by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority have cleared them of any neglect and that “no manufacturer-related defects could be found.”
Dec 2 (Reuters) – Electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc said Monday that Germany’s vehicle regulatory agency will pursue “no further measures” after concluding a review of recent Tesla Model S fires in the United States and Mexico.
Germany’s Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), or Federal Motor Transport Authority, was not immediately available for comment.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in mid-November launched an investigation into the Model S after the car experienced three fires in six weeks.
In a brief statement, Tesla said it had been provided “data and additional information” to the KBA on the Model S fires in Washington, Tennessee and Mexico after a “recent inquiry” by the German agency.
Tesla provided a copy of a German-language letter from the KBA and said the agency told it that “no manufacturer-related defects could be found.”
NHTSA said it opened a preliminary evaluation of the risks associated with highway debris striking the underbody of the 2013 Model S.
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