It was the perfect storm: three Model S fires in six weeks were enough for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to start an investigation into the two US fires in mid-November, but as it turns out, the German government was paying attention too. According to Tesla, Germany's Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), or Federal Motor Transport Authority, already has completed an investigation into the two US fires and the one in Mexico, found no manufacturer-related defects and will not take further measures.

According to a statement issued by Tesla, the automaker says it was contacted by the KBA about the post-crash fires, and it "provided the KBA with data and additional information regarding each of these incidents." The KBA subsequently sent a letter in German to Tesla saying the investigation was complete and that no manufacturer-related defects could be found. (Take a look at the letter here.)
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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.


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      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't see the media losing their **** over the Paul walker fire
      • 1 Year Ago
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        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        And you are a troll.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        BMW, Volkswagen, and Mercedes. Each of those companies have been assisted by the German government. Tesla is a American company. Please provide any evidence that backs your asinine assertion.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          I think he was joking......but true Grendal...incidently doesnt Mercedes have investment in tesla?.....they would be my pick for ultimately buying Tesla....actually I dont think thats a bad thing....
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          Daimler owns a small percentage of Tesla. They sold 40% of their holdings back before the stock went crazy. That was a big oops. Though they did make a truckload of money from their initial investment of $50 million.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        He is just upset he can't afford one. Also, who is Elan?
      cjaneke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gasoline burns/explodes when subjected to a spark or flame. Batteries conversely burns/explodes when short-circuited. The reason simply is the maths of batteries whereby E=I^2xR; viz. in event of a short-circuit when R=0, I^2=infinity. Battery cars obviously works best with “high” voltage, maybe 100/200/300/400/500V to minimize I/I^2, the current and current squared conversely. High voltage (viz. all the cells wired in series) however potentially generates the spark that creates the short-circuit that leads to I^2=infinity. So proverbly if there is a tiger in the (gasoline) tank there is a (demon) I the battery charge. Simple as that!!
        Val
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cjaneke
        Mm, no, you just wrote the formula for power, not energy, and the potential difference between any to or 10 batteries is not 400V, but between 3.7 and 37V, 400V is the difference between the first and the last battery in the series arrangement. There is no spark due to high voltages, batteries burn because of the heat generated by the high current. Every battery has an internal resistance which is never 0, if it was zero, there would be no heat generatio. Heat causes flammable electrolyte to evaporate and rupture a cell, and then a fire starts. But this has never happened in a tesla WITHOUT physical damage to the cells, when they aer compressed and cintact is made through the separator inside, which normally prevents just that.
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla is back and he's coming hard! Keep it up best of luck to Elon and his genius team. Go Tesla
        EZEE2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        He said that Tesla is 'coming hard.' Huh....huh....huh....
      JGM038
      • 1 Year Ago
      TESLA, ONWARD TO VICTORY!
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      The US authorities could care less what happens in Europe. Why do you think all the regulations are different here?
        HH112233
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        It wouldnt hurt to at least take a look at it (the regulations). Germany's KBA and the ADAC are pretty good at what they do.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      You already ran this story.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        This is a story about Tesla giving a press release about what happened in that earlier article. So totally different. - sarc
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dang it, I missed yet another chance to buy the stock when it was cheap. I was waiting for it to go to down more, but now it seems like everyone has caught on. :-(
      yoat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Full-fledged idiots should not drive cars - neither ICEs nor EVs - because neither type is idiot proof.
      Thereminator
      • 1 Year Ago
      The debris-caused accidents should be an indictment on State run road maintenance. The hens perspective is skewed when the hen becomes used to the fox guarding the hen-house.
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