Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Model S Caught Fire, In Toronto This Time

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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is investigating another incident in which one of its cars caught fire while sitting in a garage. However, the car may just have been inside a garage that caught fire. And of course the only reason anyone cares about this garage fire is because there happened to be a Tesla inside it.

Tesla confirms garage fire

Business Insider reports that a source said there was another garage fire involving a Model S in Toronto earlier this month. The garage reportedly caught fire after the owner came home after a drive and parked the Model S inside the garage next to a Lexus. Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) confirmed that it is investigating the cause of that fire but so far, it doesn’t appear to be any of the components most people are worried about in the Model S.

Tesla sent Business Insider a statement saying that they “have definitively determined that it did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, as these components were untouched by the fire.”

Tesla’s battery, charging system not to blame

Firefighters were reportedly able to get the blaze under control very quickly, which is another important point because firefighters are usually unprepared for lithium-ion-related fires, as pouring water on them can make the fire worse. So if the fire was easily brought under control, it seems like further confirmation that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s battery had nothing to do with it.

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) sent seven employees to the home to investigate and offered to pay for damages and the inconveniences. But interestingly enough, the owner declined. Sounds like the person doesn’t blame Tesla for the fire at all.

Tesla fire story continues

This is now the second garage fire involving a Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) car. The first one happened while the car was plugged in and charging, and Tesla recalled its adapters and replaced them after sending out a software update designed to reduce fire risk due to faulty wiring in homes.

But this time, the Model S wasn’t plugged into the wall. Unfortunately, Tesla will probably be the focus of numerous headlines again this time. CEO Elon Musk blasted the media for focusing on the fires late last year, which are still far fewer than the number of fires involving gasoline-powered cars.

In this particular case, this garage fire wouldn’t even be making headlines if a Tesla wasn’t parked inside. As a former employee of a few local news stations, I can tell you that our ears perk up at a call of about a house fire, but then we would pretty much stop listening after they arrive and say it’s “just” a garage fire. Garage fires are a dime a dozen. One was bound to happen to someone who owned a Tesla sooner or later.

So far shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) are down about 1% in premarket trading, which is still a far cry from the large percentages the stock lost after last year’s string of fires. They remain near the new record high set this week, however.

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Michelle Jones
Michelle Jones was a television news producer for eight years. She produced the morning news programs for the NBC affiliates in Evansville, Indiana and Huntsville, Alabama and spent a short time at the CBS affiliate in Huntsville. She has experience as a writer and public relations expert for a wide variety of businesses. Michelle has been with ValueWalk since 2012 and is now our editor-in-chief. Email her at Mjones@valuewalk.com.

7 Comments on "Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Model S Caught Fire, In Toronto This Time"

  1. Alan Dean Foster | Feb 17, 2014, 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm |

    Careful Jim; you might spontaneously combust.

  2. Alan Dean Foster | Feb 17, 2014, 1:24 pm at 1:24 pm |

    It’s the shorts who are burning, not the car.

  3. Who is this knucklehead Michelle Jones? “Make sure the headline says ‘fire in a Tesla Model S'” comes the order. Therefore, even though the article describes it as a car that caught fire because it was in a garage that was on fire… the headline still reads “Tesla Model S caught fire.” Please… such click-bait crap…

    Tesla has “definitively determined that it did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, as these components were untouched by the fire.”

  4. Did you even read the story? Troll alert

  5. geoffrey bailey | Feb 14, 2014, 8:29 am at 8:29 am |

    Jim: You’re broker just called. He wants you to put more money into your account again because your TSLA short positions brought your margin account below minimum requirements again.

  6. geoffrey bailey | Feb 14, 2014, 8:24 am at 8:24 am |

    News Alert!!! Tesla Model S drives by a house that’s on fire and shorts get burned again!

  7. A brand-new Tesla seemingly spontaneously combusts, even though it allegedly wasn’t even wrecked or charging.

    Elon Musk promised over a month ago, that the replacement adapters would be mailed out in two weeks under the recall. Yet over a month later Tesla customers are complaining that they still have not received the replacement adapters. Tesla customers are still using adapters that overheat, melt and burn. Many customers allegedly haven’t even been notified by Tesla that there is a fire hazard or a recall. Customers are still using defective adapters. Tesla charge adapters have overheated, melted and burned even after the recall. Tesla needs to stop dragging its feet. Tesla needs to start taking safety seriously.

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