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NHTSA Closes Probe Into Tesla Model S Fires: "Defect Not Identified"

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March 29, 2014 AT 5:41 AM
It looks like Tesla Motors' brief firefight is now over. Not only has the company announced the fitment of new parts designed to deflect road debris, the cause of two fire incidents towards the end of 2013, but the NHTSA has now closed its probe into the fires--absolving the Model S of blame. Last year, Tesla had to defend its cars following three separate fire incidents in quick succession. In the first two incidents, drivers had hit debris in the road at highway speeds, which punctured the battery pack of each car which subsequently caught fire. It also notes that Tesla's immediate action to raise the ride height of vehicles traveling at highway speeds "should reduce both the frequency of underbody strikes and the resultant fire risk."