Tesla Model Y Driver Struggles After Tesla Randomly Catches Fire
Tesla is in the news again after a man claims he forced his way out of his Tesla Model Y when it burst into flames at a red light. The driver, Jamil Jutha, thankfully escaped unscathed, but the Model Y was not so lucky. Flames and inky black smoke rose through the Vancouver neighborhood until local firefighters extinguished the blaze. What happened here? Do Teslas randomly catch fire now?
Are Teslas a fire hazard?
A few spicier Teslas have been making headlines lately as fear of electric vehicle fires continues to grow. According to Inside EVs, NHTSA has officially requested data from Tesla on this most recent Tesla fire in Canada. The safety organization is looking for any common threads between the Tesla fires. So what happened to this Tesla Model Y?
“I literally stopped at the stop, put my left panel on, then all of a sudden it said ‘Error! Error!’ And then all of a sudden, I see smoke, and I’m like oh my God, what the f#@k is!” Jutha said. “I couldn’t even open it; everything is electric, so everything stopped. [The] the door couldn’t open, I couldn’t roll the window down, so I just said ‘Okay, I’ll smash it’.
This fear of being trapped in a Tesla is common. Everything, including the doors, is connected to a complex electrical system that fails in the event of a fire. It stands to reason that electronically controlled doors could suffer, causing panic. Fortunately, Teslas have a (somewhat) hidden mechanical door control. Jutha couldn’t find the switch fast enough, so she made her own exit.
How did the Tesla Model Y catch fire?
Inside EVs reports that Jutha was driving when her Tesla sent an error code before shutting off, smoking, and then bursting into flames. Jutha then kicked out the driver’s side window to escape.
The driver mentioned that he was aware of the emergency door release handle, but was too overwhelmed to figure it out amid the stress.. “The doors wouldn’t open. The windows wouldn’t come down. I kicked through the window, got out and called 911 right away,” Jutha said.
It took only a few minutes for local firefighters to put out the battery fire.
What is NHTSA?
The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an organization of the Department of Transportation dedicated to making America’s roads safer. By studying road deaths, accident reports, driving habits, and more, NHTSA rates cars on how safe they are. This has led NHTSA to influence what automakers include as standard safety features.
Ultimately, NHTSA is one of the best tools we have for regulating car safety and recall criteria. Having NHTSA on this Tesla case is a good thing. Hopefully there will be a simple explanation with a simple solution by the time Tesla and NHTSA investigate.
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