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This is the third fire in under a two-month period

Source: The Detroit News





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By Cheesew1z69 on 11/11/2013 1:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
The cars got totaled, how is he supposed to fix that? If the battery is damaged, he can attempt to minimize it, but there is no way he is going to 100 percent protect them.


By ilt24 on 11/11/2013 1:51:17 PM , Rating: 2
Who said anything about 100%?

Two of the fires happened after the car ran over an object in the road. For these two the result of the fire is what totaled the car. I would think better protection for the battery would help limit the number of fires. btw in the other the car "hit a raised pedestrian crossing and briefly took flight before crashing into a wall and tree".


By Reclaimer77 on 11/11/2013 1:54:49 PM , Rating: 1
Well they were totalled because of the fires. Running over things like pipes or whatever doesn't usually cause your car to be totalled entirely.

This is a design flaw. Small objects bumping into the underside of the vehicle shouldn't be causing catastrophic fires.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/11/2013 2:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
A trailer hitch isn't a small object...


By tayb on 11/11/2013 3:29:51 PM , Rating: 4
You make it sounds as if this guy ran over a quarter and the car exploded. Join us back in reality please.


By Reclaimer77 on 11/11/2013 5:32:39 PM , Rating: 1
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You make it sounds as if this guy ran over a quarter and the car exploded. Join us back in reality please.


The reality is ICE cars don't burn to the ground from hitting road trash. YOU come back to reality.

If these were actual car accidents with heavy collision damage, okay fair enough. But these are very minor incidents that should NOT be resulting in the cars burning up.

This is a Tesla specific problem, just deal with it.


By tayb on 11/11/2013 8:22:37 PM , Rating: 3
We get it, you hate electric cars.


By flyingpants1 on 11/12/2013 6:20:30 AM , Rating: 2
Are you stupid? For once Reclaimer77 is not posting a bunch of BS, everything he said is 100% based in fact.

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Then maybe Musk can cook up some "statistics" to explain why there are far more Nissan Leaf's on the road, and not a single one has caught fire?


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ICE cars don't burn to the ground from hitting road trash.


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This is a design flaw. Small objects bumping into the underside of the vehicle shouldn't be causing catastrophic fires.


This is all true.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/12/2013 8:02:16 AM , Rating: 2
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This is a design flaw. Small objects bumping into the underside of the vehicle shouldn't be causing catastrophic fires.
Except, this isn't, these weren't "small" objects...


By flyingpants1 on 11/12/2013 11:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
They weren't exactly large either. As a Tesla enthusiast I'm disappointed, the car was supposed to be bulletproof.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/12/2013 1:04:48 PM , Rating: 2
A trailer hitch, solid metal, not exactly small... not sure what you consider "large" but a trailer hitch is going to do some pretty nasty damage to anything that runs over it...

Bulletproof? You have some very unreasonable expectations if you believe that...


By Reclaimer77 on 11/12/2013 12:45:23 PM , Rating: 1
I see no evidence if some massive collision here. Do you? The hood isn't crunched up, the frame isn't bent. At most the front bumper got damaged.

How should that have lead to the car being destroyed by fire? I'm trying yo understand what you mean.

The Model S has inadequate battery impact protection given its low ride height. This seems VERY obvious.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/12/2013 1:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
The damage was underneath, doesn't need to have damage on the hood, bumper or frame...


By Spuke on 11/12/2013 3:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
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The damage was underneath, doesn't need to have damage on the hood, bumper or frame...
Are we looking at the same pictures? The WHOLE front end is gone! That's more than just damage underneath. BTW, I've drive over trailer hitches before. My car didn't burn to the ground.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/12/2013 4:33:33 PM , Rating: 2
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The WHOLE front end is gone!
Yes, AFTER the fire...

And I was replying to this....

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I see no evidence if some massive collision here. Do you? The hood isn't crunched up, the frame isn't bent. At most the front bumper got damaged.


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BTW, I've drive over trailer hitches before. My car didn't burn to the ground.
Great for you?


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