A Tesla owner in Toronto returned from a drive only to have his fire alarms go off shortly after powering down his Model S in an incident that is once again raising concerns about the electric hatchback's safety. Where previous cases of Model S combustion were anything but spontaneous –the car was always involved in an impact before going up in flames – this latest case has no obvious cause.

According to Bloomberg, as far as its owner knows, this particular Model S was not involved in a collision during the drive. It also wasn't charging when the fire started. According to Tesla, though, it wasn't any of the Model S' major components that caused the fire.

"In this particular case, we don't yet know the precise cause, but have definitely determined that it did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, as these components were untouched by fire," said Tesla in an official statement.

Tesla has reportedly dispatched seven employees to investigate this latest fire, so we can expect to hear even more about it in the coming days and weeks. According to Business Insider, the automaker has even offered to "take care of the damages and inconvenience caused by the fire, but the owner declined."

Stay tuned – clearly we'll be hearing more about this story in the coming weeks.



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      Marco Polo
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's only natural that any fire relating to Tesla will be news, simply because the car itself is new and newsworthy. Gasoline cars also catch fire, but it's no longer newsworthy unless the owner's someone famous. In this case, the cause of the fire is still unknown and both Tesla and the relevant Canadian authorities are investigating. Everyone should reserve their opinions, until the cause of the fire is officially established. Speculation at this time by "know nothing" defenders, or antagonists, is pointless.
        Marco Polo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        @ Mike, Actually, Tesla has had a relatively easy time regarding fires. Fisker suffered two fires, one of which related to a faulty fan, the other was attributed to arson. GM's Volt had a hugely publicized number of fire incidents, none of which related to a defect in the Volt design or execution. Both vehicles attracted a lot of negative comments. Tesla has enjoyed a great deal of support, and the fires caused by collisions, seem to be becoming accepted as just part of the normal consequences involving road accidents. The model S is an exceptionally well made vehicle, and while nothing that stores energy, in any form, can be completely safe, Tesla is as safe, or safer than any vehicle on the road. Some crazy Tesla enthusiasts, would appear to be more dangerous. :) Wait and see what the fire experts discover.
        jeff
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Exactly, There is little data about any of this.... The original article is full of second hand information and opinions...
        Mike
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        I can see your point, but for % of cars produced vs. fires, Tesla has had very large number of fires. It is true that anything in the news about Tesla is because it's the new fad. However, I have not seen big fires with a Leaf yet, if there are any please post them. Toyota did a software update recently for nearly every Prius produced and many of their other hybrids due to overheating issues. It's not that the cars are death traps, it's that they can and will catch fire if they overheat. Sony had this issue with laptops, they'd randomly catch fire on your desk.
          Mike
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Mike
          m_2012 "The percentage is still low, even if you count the ones after accidents. " nearly every internal combustion engine vehicle fire is caused by an accident. Your point is null.
      Robert Fahey
      • 10 Months Ago
      Investors see this as a red herring. No reaction Friday. Closed negative by less than 1 percent after bobbing in and out of positive territory all day.
        Joeviocoe
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Robert Fahey
        The financial news sector has largely stayed away. That may change on Monday.
          m_2012
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          This happened weeks ago and was known about more than week ago. Market already reacted and largely didn't care except for the dip that recovered during the first part of the week.
      Robert Fahey
      • 10 Months Ago
      Even if Tesla suspects this is another balloon boy story, or James Sikes story, it could never say so.
      JF GeSchmidtt
      • 10 Months Ago
      There are so many forces hoping to see Tesla fail, big car manufacturers, Obama haters who hate seeing a success coming out of their government loan, dealership networks who don't like competing against Testla owned stores. Each and every story about Testla has a dozen detractors on blogs and forums, some of them by paid writers, so we will continue seeing them writ large in the headlines. I believe Testla is here for the long haul and that they will do everything they can to improve the safety and reliability of their charging, battery subset and electrical systems in their cars. Time will tell.
      VL00
      • 10 Months Ago
      How come no one cares about the 700 gasoline fires that happened today? And yesterday? And every day...
      A A
      • 10 Months Ago
      thats what you get for buying into that eco-bandwagon
      Avinash Machado
      • 10 Months Ago
      So much fear mongering.
      Alexander Stewart
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well I'm sure when my dad picks up his 2014 Model S in May it will be just fine. I also noticed business outlets are attempting to make Tesla seem unworthy of a purchase. Pure auto lobbyists, tons of auto manufactures are mad they didn't think of this genius car and supercharge network rollout; especially with Tesla rapidly deploying the same plan in China.
      Wetstuff
      • 10 Months Ago
      Sure the guy was making his payments? Jim
      That Guy
      • 10 Months Ago
      In other words, Tesla it's heading up there to craft a narrative on how it want the cars fault. Slimy company.
        Grendal
        • 10 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Why are you so against the company? Do you have any legitimate reasons? This is your typical post - a snarky one liner.
          m_2012
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          That was 2012. What year are we in again? Ignorant troll.
          m_2012
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          You realize they are making more than 400 a week, right? So far, they ARE proving they can build a better car than the old 3. When facts change, you obviously are incapable of changing your point of view. You and Bill O'Crazy would be best friends.
          purrpullberra
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          That Guy is right! Tesla isn't growing at a incredible rate. They have no need to make reinvestments in the company. Every car has cost hundreds baa baa of thousands of dollars to build. Baaa. Absolutely no one likes baa baa the car. Consumer baa baa Reports hates the car. No one BAAAA BAAAAA in Detroit has taken notice. Not one skeptic BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA has changed his mind after further reflection. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
          Grendal
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          @That Guy Thank you for your lengthy response. All cars can have problems happen. There is no car out there that has not had an issue happen to their car. I hope you will agree with me on that. Recalls are quite common. My current car has had one major recall on it's fuel pump. That doesn't make it a bad car as long as the manufacturer takes care of their customer. My issue was fixed and the car is fine. Tesla has had two recalls and in each case they took care of their customers. The car has had three known fires and each were a result of a serious accident. In every case no one was hurt. There has been two garages that caught on fire with a Tesla in them and with what we know (this fire has no real info yet) the car had nothing to do with either. As for their business model, Wall Street seems pretty happy with it since they are analyzing everything and major investors are holding strong. When there was a question that the fires might be a problem the stock dropped a lot until it was cleared up enough that everyone jumped back on board. Tesla has over $700 million in cash reserves and everyone looking at their books seem to be okay with how they are doing things. Tesla is currently making 600 cars per week. That will be very clear in four more days when their Q4 report comes out. Demand has not slowed but increased and looks to increase even more with Europe and China coming online. Tax credits only go to buyers since they are only getting to keep a little extra of their yearly taxes. Tesla doesn't see any of that money. Tesla did make extra money with ZEV credits, but that was extra money paid to them by other manufacturers to buy the credits from them so they weren't fined for making too many gas guzzlers. Tesla could have charged the Chinese a whole lot more for the car but they chose not to. That is hardly the move of a company desperate for more income as you seem to think. Tesla can also simply raise the price of the car at any time and they haven't done that recently. Remember that they can't make the car fast enough to meet demand. Raising the price would get them more income at any time. Again not raising the price in a high demand market is a clear sign that they are not hurting for more money. Thanks again for your response and I hope I made a few counterpoints to your dislike of the company. I will be happy to prove or clarify any of the points I made. I did not just make them up. I can reference every point I made.
          That Guy
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          Because the product is garbage (as we are witnessing), the CEO is an arrogant buffoon (who thinks that Silicon Valley can build a better car than the entire automotive industry), and their business model is horrible. They have posted a loss in every quarter since its IPO. Just in the 3rd quarter of 2012 it LOST $111 million on revenue of only $50 million. During the second quarter of 2012 they spent around $55 million on R&D. The big three spend $100 million on R&D in a week. Honestly the company is a house off cards that is going to fail. The last report I read stated that they are making 200 a week. 400 is needed to turn a profit. The company is as viable as Fisker or Solyndra.
          That Guy
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          Also during the 2nd quarter of 2013, they were $78 million cash-negative on $500 million in revenue with a $30 million loss... And that INCLUDES the tax credits. House of cards
      2 wheeled menace
      • 10 Months Ago
      Recently a friend's gas car caught on fire just driving down the road for no reason that he can determine. Can we make a story out of this too, or is the idea that we obsess and dissect every single thing that happens with one model of a car?
      BipDBo
      • 10 Months Ago
      Remember how many people faked driving a runaway Toyota? Putting the clues together, this incident seems a little suspicious.
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