Sales of the Tesla Model S haven't been very good in Germany, but a thumbs-up safety rating by the German government might help. The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA, known as the German Federal Motor Transport Authority in English) did not find any defects in the Model S and says that no further safety investigations are necessary.

Tesla Motors just sent out a letter from the KBA (in English and German, see below) stating that no manufacturer-related defects could be found. The letter said, "Therefore, no further measures under the German Product Safety Act [Produktsicherheitsgesetz (ProdSG)] are deemed necessary."

The inquiry came from concern over Model S post-crash fire incidents in Seattle, Tennessee and Mexico. The KBA has the power to initiate and perform investigations in Germany, and can order recalls. The German safety agency reviewed Tesla's responses to their inquiries on each of the incidents, and other information. The luxury plug-in sedan is getting solid performance ratings in Germany and, by the end of 2014, Tesla plans to have more Superchargers, per capita, than in any other country. The car is even available with a Germany-specific Autobahn performance package.

In the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is still investigating the three battery fire incidents. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and NHTSA head David Strickland have disagreed over whether Tesla or the US safety agency initiated the investigation, and the outcome is still in question.
German Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) Concludes Review of Model S Incidents

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Tesla received a recent inquiry from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), regarding the Model S post-crash fire incidents in Seattle, Tennessee and Mexico. The KBA is the German authority in charge of motor vehicle regulation. They have the power to initiate and perform investigations, and compel recalls. In response, Tesla provided the KBA with data and additional information regarding each of these incidents.

In investigating these incidents, the KBA reviewed Tesla's responses to their inquiries, as well as other information. They subsequently issued the following statement:

According to the documents, no manufacturer-related defects [herstellerseitiger Mangel] could be found. Therefore, no further measures under the German Product Safety Act [Produktsicherheitsgesetz (ProdSG)] are deemed necessary.

The letter from the KBA is attached in German and English.

ABOUT TESLA

Tesla's goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for industry partners.


Translation: Letter KBA dated 27 November 2013

GSK STOCKMANN + KOLLEGEN
Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater
Herrn Dr. Marcel Vietor
Karl-Scharnagl-Ring 8
80539 München

Investigation under the German Product Safety Act [Produktsicherheitsgesetz (ProdSG)], Tesla Model S vehicle fires

Dear Dr. Vietor,

Referring to our phone call dated 27 November 2013, I am pleased to share with you the investigation's result with regard to the 3 recent fire incidents involving Tesla Model S cars.

According to the documents, no manufacturer-related defects [herstellerseitiger Mangel] could be found.

Therefore, no further measures under the German Product Safety Act [Produktsicherheitsgesetz (ProdSG)] are deemed necessary.

The process is completed with the Federal Motor Transport Authority [Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA)].


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