Tesla Avoids Probe Over Model S Fire
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A Model S sedan caught fire after a crash in Washington on October 1st. Musk defended his flagship car, saying it's not a mechanical fault, and that a petrol-powered car would have burned much worse. The NHTSA gave credit to this claim and said no regulations were violated.
We have a six-millimeter thick armor plate on the bottom of the car. The debris punched through that armor plate into the battery pack and crushed several of the battery cells. It took several minutes, but a few of those cells caught fire,” Tesla's CEO said.
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