Talk about a lucky escape.
Contrary to what the mainstream media likes to tell you, it isn't just Teslas that spontaneously catch on fire. Video footage captured by a Tesla Model Y dashcam and shared by Wham Baam Teslacam shows the moment a BMW X1 caught on fire. Luckily, nobody was injured thanks to the quick thinking of a Tesla Model Y owner. In Woodbridge, New Jersey, Tesla Model Y owner Bryan was driving with his wife Jen when he noticed something wasn't right with the BMW X1 in front.
In the distance, smoke started to billow from the BMW. Flames could also be seen coming from under the SUV.
Somehow, the oblivious driver of the X1 didn't notice the SUV was on fire and carried on driving down the highway. Fearing that BMW driver could be in serious danger, the Model Y owner tried to catch up with the burning BMW and warn the driver, desperately honking the horn to get their attention. Eventually, they caught up with the BMW at a traffic light and shouted at the driver that their SUV was on fire. Without hesitation, the BMW X1 driver stopped the SUV and got out just in time. It was a lucky escape because a few moments later the SUV became engulfed in flames. Shortly thereafter, an explosion was caught on camera coming from the front end of the crossover.
The driver was the only person inside the SUV and was understandably grateful for the Model Y driver's intervention. "You saved my life!" he told Bryan and his wife Jen. While there were no injuries, the BMW X1 was toasted. Both drivers exchanged information and Bryan sent him the Tesla dashcam footage.
It's a reminder that combustion-powered cars are statistically more likely to catch on fire than electric cars. A recent study by Tesla found that its cars are 11 times less likely to catch on fire than a combustion car. Between 2012 to 2020, the automaker found around one Tesla vehicle fire reported every 205 million miles. By contrast, data showed there is one combustion car fire in the US for every 19 million miles traveled.