Tesla Model S: Still Safe Despite Catching Fire

Just as long as the battery doesn't go up in flames.

We’re all familiar with the instances of the battery in several Tesla Model S sedans catching on fire in recent months. The causes ranged from one car striking a metal object in the road to another that crashed into a concrete barrier in Mexico because the driver was drunk driving. At first, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wasn’t going to investigate, and then it changed its mind. This obviously caused concern and Tesla stock dropped considerably.

Fortunately, there’s good news for shareholders and owners alike: the Model S will keep its 5-star crash test rating, the highest score possible from the NHTSA. Apparently the potential risk of a battery fire due to an underbody impact isn’t a major safety concern. Then again, no one was injured from any of those battery fires. Because of this announcement, Tesla stock soared despite that the company is still "awaiting feedback from the NHTSA regarding their investigation of the fire incidents."

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