The doors of the Tesla EV are electronically operated under normal circumstances, however, the Tesla EV also comes with a built-in emergency mechanical release system.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested Tesla to provide coverage of the recent incident of a Model Y catching fire in Canada while the electric vehicle was in motion. An earlier report said the Tesla Model Y SUV caught fire and the EV driver was able to get out without injury.
As reported by Reuters, NHTSA said it was aware the electric vehicle was on fire and had contacted Tesla for more information. Tesla has not responded to the request so far. The incident happened while Jamil Jutha was driving a Tesla Model Y that this individual is said to have purchased eight months ago. According to the driver, the electric car had some errors and then suddenly shut down. Jutha said the battery started smoking and then the electric car caught fire. The tram owner also added that in order to escape, he used his foot to smash the window. “Everything stopped, the power didn’t work. The door didn’t open,” he was quoted as saying.
It was previously announced that the doors of Tesla electric vehicles are operated electronically under normal circumstances. Even so, these Tesla electric cars also come with a built-in mechanical release system in case of an emergency. Regarding the previous incident, the driver mentioned that it was not easy for him to find the emergency exit system at that time as the situation became very stressful.
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The safety agency said it was also aware of another fire incident involving a Tesla Model 3. This incident took place in California and the electric car caught fire while parked. NHTSA has also sought information regarding this incident from Tesla.
Date of first publication: May 29, 2022, 02:50 PM IST