A list of Tesla car fires since 2013

Fatal Florida crash is the latest

Electric carmaker Tesla has seen a number of its vehicles catch fire in the past five years. The latest fire involves a 2014 Tesla Model S immediately igniting after a high-speed crash. Two teenagers died. The NTSB is investigating the battery fire in that crash, and first responders' ability to fight it.

Following a series of fires in 2013, Tesla began outfitting new cars with a triple underbody shield to bring the risk of fire down to "virtually zero," according to a March 2014 blog post written by Chief Executive Elon Musk.

Here is a list of known incidents of Tesla vehicles catching fire since 2013:

October 1, 2013 - A Tesla Model S caught fire near Seattle, after the car collided with a large piece of metal debris on the road that punched a hole through the protective armor plating. The driver was not injured.

October 2013 - A Tesla car crashed through a concrete wall and hit a tree, catching fire in Merida, Mexico. The driver was not injured.

November 2013 - A Tesla Model S caught fire after the electric car ran over a tow hitch that hit the undercarriage of the vehicle, in Smyrna, Tennessee. The driver was not injured.

February 2014 - A Tesla Model S caught fire in Toronto, Canada, with the fire originating in the engine area. There were no injuries. (

March 2014 - Following the fires, Tesla cars were outfitted with a triple underbody shield.

July 2014 - A stolen Tesla Model S crashed into several vehicles and split in half after striking a light pole in West Hollywood, catching fire and leaving the driver in a critical condition, two officers hospitalized and half of the car wedged in a synagogue.

June 2015 - A 2013 Tesla plunged off a cliff along Malibu Canyon Road, and caught fire killing the 53-year-old driver.

August 2016 - A Tesla electric car caught fire during a promotional tour in southwest France. No one was injured in the incident.

November 2016 - A Tesla vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Indianapolis, killing the driver and the passenger.

March 2017 - A Tesla Model S caught fire at a Supercharger station in Shanghai, China. No one was harmed in the incident.

August 2017 - A Tesla vehicle went off road in Lake Forest, California, and crashed into a home, igniting a garage fire. The driver was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

October 2017 - A Tesla Model S caught fire in Austria, after the driver crashed into a concrete barrier at the side of the road. The driver survived the crash.

March 2018 - A Tesla Model X crashed and caught fire near Mountain View, California. The crash involved two other cars resulting in the death of the 38-year-old Tesla driver at a nearby hospital shortly after the crash.

May 2018 - A 2014 Tesla Model S drove off the road and hit a concrete wall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, immediately catching fire, and killing two teenagers and injuring another.

Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas

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