(New York) A brand new Tesla Model S “Plaid” caught fire in Pennsylvania, United States, with its driver at the wheel, who struggled to get out of the vehicle, according to authorities and the motorist’s lawyers.
Posted Jul 2 2021
The accident happened Tuesday evening in Haverford, not far from Philadelphia, detailed in a press release Friday the firefighters of Lower Merion.
“Due to the magnitude 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 caught fire. He was temporarily stuck inside before he could get out.
Most of the body and interior of the vehicle burned, show photos posted on the site of firefighters.
In a message sent to AFP, Mark Geragos of the firm Geragos & Geragos, who claims to represent the driver, considered that this was a “frightening” situation and “an obvious major problem”.
“Our preliminary investigation is ongoing, but we are asking 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 in collaboration with another lawyer, Jason Setchen of Athlete Defender.
Tesla did not respond to a request from AFP.
The electric vehicle manufacturer 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 1020 horsepower, it can cruise up to 320 kilometers per hour and accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) in 1.99 seconds. It costs $129,990.
The US Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) “is aware” of the crash and “is liaising with relevant agencies and the manufacturer to gather information about the incident,” a spokesperson said.
“If data or investigations reveal a defect or inherent safety risk, NHTSA will take appropriate action to protect the public,” he added.
Under a new rule made public by NHTSA on Tuesday, automakers that make cars equipped with driver assistance systems must now report serious accidents to US authorities.