Tesla: SoCal Garage Fire Wasn’t Fault of Model S

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Whenever there’s an issue with a Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S, assigning blame is a huge part of the story. The electrical vehicle maker is sighing with relief following the latest Model S fire that broke out while the owner was charging the car in her Southern California garage. According to reports, the fire appears to be an electrical issue, something unrelated to the car’s engineering.

Reuters reports the Orange County Fire Authority determined the fire’s probable cause was the connection at the wall socket or a component of the Tesla charger. However, Tesla flashed some of its tech know-how to prove there wasn’t any “if” or “maybe” in the cause of the fire.

“A review of the car’s logs showed that the battery had been charging normally, and there were no fluctuations in temperature…” a Tesla spokesperson told Reuters. The ability to analyze charging data for a car in a private home is helping the automaker in its case. At this point, the fire department has left the matter to the insurance company and the automaker to settle the details.

That didn’t stop investors from pressing the panic button (again) when word of the Model S fire hit Wall Street.

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