02/14/2014 06:15 pm ET Updated Feb 14, 2014

Tesla Model S Reportedly Catches Fire In Toronto

The Tesla Model S is safe. So safe, that it achieved a record score on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 5-Star Safety Rating. Still, though, the Model S isn’t fireproof.

Business Insider reports that a Tesla Model S suddenly burst into flames in a Toronto garage earlier this month. A source told the site that the car was not plugged into its charger when it caught fire.

In a statement to Bloomberg, Tesla wrote that it is still investigating the Toronto case:

[W]e don’t yet know the precise cause [of the fire], but have definitively determined that it did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, as these components were untouched by the fire.

The Model S has been in the crosshairs for fire risks in the past. After a November garage fire occurred while a Model S was charging, the company sent owners new charging adapters and implemented a software upgrade to prevent overheating.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there were 172,500 car fires in 2012. Tesla claimed in a November blog post that owners of gasoline vehicles were 4.5 times more likely to experience a fire than a Model S owner.



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