Tesla is no stranger to promoting safety, going as far as to say in August that NHTSA called the Model S the safest car it ever tested. That prompted NHTSA to quickly clarify that the Tesla received the agency's highest possible rating, as did a number of other cars.
Tesla is not standing still in regards the fires. The company recently added a software function that automatically cuts down the electric-charge current by about 25 percent when the car's power supply fluctuates too much. The company also said the most recent fire involving a Model S – in Orange County, CA - was caused by an overheated wall-charging system, and cited the Orange County Fire Authority to second that emotion. Check out Tesla's press release about safety ratings below.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013 PALO ALTO, Calif. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reaffirmed the 5-star safety rating of the Tesla Model S overall and in all subcategories for Model Year 2014, confirming the highest safety rating in America.
While Tesla is awaiting feedback from NHTSA regarding their investigation of recent fire incidents, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), recently concluded its review of the incidents, finding no manufacturer-related defects or need for further action.
It is worth noting that a Tesla vehicle is over five times less likely to experience a fire than the average gasoline car and that there have been zero serious injuries or deaths for any reason ever, fire or otherwise, in a Model S. Over the course of more than 100 million miles driven in almost every possible terrain, weather and crash conditions, the Tesla Model S has consistently protected its driver and passengers, achieving the best safety track record of any car on the road.