NHTSA To Probe Tesla's Car Design

Law360, New York (November 19, 2013, 5:22 PM EST) -- The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that following two vehicle fires, it will investigate the design of Tesla Motors Inc.’s electric car, Model S.

The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation said it is aware of two incidents in which vehicles caught fire after an undercarriage hit some type of metallic roadway debris, which may cause a thermal reaction and fire if it intrudes the propulsion battery. The resulting damage to the propulsion battery tray, or baseplate, sparked the fire, the ODI said.

“In each incident,...
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