A brand new Tesla Model S “Plaid” caught fire in Pennsylvania in the United States, with its driver behind the wheel, who had difficulty getting out of the vehicle, according to authorities and lawyers for the motorist. The accident happened Tuesday night in Haverford, not far from Philadelphia, Lower Merion firefighters detailed in a statement Friday.
“Due to the scale of the fire and the type of vehicle involved”, several companies were dispatched to the scene, said the firefighters who had to spray the car for more than two hours to extinguish the fire.
According to lawyers claiming to represent the driver, the latter was driving when the vehicle spontaneously ignited. He was temporarily stuck inside before he could get out. Most of the body and interior of the vehicle burned down, photos posted at the fire brigade site show.
In a message sent to AFP, Mark Geragos of the firm Geragos & Geragos, who claims to represent the driver, said that it was a “frightening” situation and “an obvious major problem”. “Our preliminary investigation is underway, but we ask Tesla to put these cars on the sidelines until a full investigation can take place,” he added without specifying the name of his client. He is working on the case together with another lawyer, Jason Setchen of Athlete Defender. Tesla did not respond to an AFP solicitation.
A $ 120,990 model
The electric vehicle maker delivered the first copies of the new, faster luxury version of its Model S sedan, dubbed “Plaid”, on June 10. With a peak power of 1,020 horsepower, it can go up to 320 kilometers per hour (200 miles per hour) and accelerate from 0 to 97 km / h (60 mph) in 1.99 seconds. It costs $ 129,990.
The US Highway Safety Agency (NHTSA) “is aware” of the accident and “is in contact with the relevant agencies and the manufacturer to gather information on the incident,” said a spokesperson. “If data or investigations reveal a defect or an inherent safety risk, NHTSA will take appropriate action to protect the public,” he added.
According to a new rule released by the NHTSA on Tuesday, automakers that make cars with driver assistance systems must now report serious accidents to U.S. authorities.