Tesla Fire in Vancouver Being Probed, Says Canada Auto Safety Agency


Canada’s Auto Safety Agency said Friday it is investigating the cause of a fire at Tesla in Vancouver, which drew attention after the driver struggled to get out of the car.

Transport Canada said in the aftermath of the Tesla Model Y fire in Vancouver on May 20, 2021 that its contracted collision and defect investigation team had “located and secured the vehicle”.

“It notified Tesla of the incident and is currently arranging a joint search of the vehicle in an effort to determine the cause of the fire,” the agency added.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Reuters on Thursday that it was “aware of the incident and has contacted the manufacturer for information.”

The Electrek website posted a video of the accident in which the owner said he received a notification of the error and then saw smoke. To get out, the driver said, he “had to smash the window… I pushed out the window because everything stopped. The electricity didn’t work. The door didn’t open. The windows didn’t come down.”

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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