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Tesla CEO Elon Musk  (Source: Associated Press)
Musk added that a lot of the media has delivered "inaccurate" and "unreasonable" reports in regards to the Model S fires

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has responded to the recent Model S fires occurring around North America and he made one thing clear: there will not be a Model S recall
“There’s definitely not going to be a recall," said Musk according to a new report from Bloomberg. "We’re about five times less likely to have a fire than an average gasoline car. There are 200,000 gasoline car fires per year in the United States, 200,000. There are on average 250 to 300 automotive fire deaths in the U.S. How many times have you read about that?”
Musk added that a lot of the media has delivered "inaccurate" and "unreasonable" reports in regards to the Model S fires. 
Musk's comments were prompted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) decision to review the most recent Model S fire.

The first fire took place in early October of this year. A Model S driver in Kent, Washington was traveling southbound on State Route 167 when he hit a piece of metal debris on the freeway and subsequently caught fire.
Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said that a large metallic object hitting one of the battery pack modules caused the fire. The NHTSA did not investigate the fire at the time because of the partial government shutdown, which suspended such activity. 
The second Model S fire occurred shortly after near Merida, Mexico, but that's out of NHTSA's jurisdiction. 
The third incident occurred just days ago when a Model S driver in Murfreesboro, Tennessee hit a tow hitch on Interstate 24, which damaged the car’s undercarriage and caused a fire. The driver was able to exit the vehicle safely.
Special focus is being placed on the fact that the Model S' battery is located low in the body (to make for a lower center of gravity), making the battery an easy target when striking debris or hitting pavement.
Tesla said all three fires were caused by crashes; not spontaneous events.

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: Statistics
By protomech on 11/13/2013 11:24:41 AM , Rating: 2

"The nationwide driving statistics make this very clear: there are 150,000 car fires per year according to the National Fire Protection Association, and Americans drive about 3 trillion miles per year according to the Department of Transportation. That equates to 1 vehicle fire for every 20 million miles driven, compared to 1 fire in over 100 million miles for Tesla."

Musk may being generous here, and including Roadster miles driven in Tesla's tally. If you count the Mexico fire (due to high-speed collision) and assume 80M miles just for the Model S, then you still come back with 27M miles per each of the three reported fires.

RE: Statistics
By kattanna on 11/13/2013 1:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
what would be interesting to also know is out of the 150,000 car fires per year, how many were not due to accidents? just some malfunction.

all of tesla's fires have been due to some sort of accident/road debris

RE: Statistics
By YearOfTheDingo on 11/13/2013 3:46:39 PM , Rating: 2
As another commenter noted above, collisions and overturn accounts for only 4% of the fires. That's a smaller percentage compared to intentional (10%) and exposure (5%).

Since only 2% of the fires started in the fuel system, I suspect a great many of them are the result of botched oil changes: a rag left behind or a cap that wasn't properly tightened.

RE: Statistics
By chuckus on 11/15/2013 1:47:42 AM , Rating: 3
Update from the owner of the most recent fire:

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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