In a customer blog post on the Tesla (TLSA) website, a Maryland Tesla owner describes how his Model S caught fire — though that will not deter his love of the vehicle.
The post comes at a time when Tesla is under scrutiny for a series of battery fires that have led to a call for an investigation into the Model S vehicles.
Juris Shibayama wrote how his vehicle drove over a trailer hitch that had come undone from a truck in front of him, and that the car responded just as he would expect it to in such a situation.
The Tesla soon alerted him via an engine light that there was a problem, though the car owner continued to drive hoping to make it closer to home. The Model S then alerted the driver that it was shutting down and advised that he safely pull over.
The driver writes of the experience:
About 5-10 seconds after getting out of the car, smoke started to come from the front underbody of the car. I walked away from the vehicle to a distance of about 100 yards. More smoke started to come out of the bottom of the car, and about two minutes after I walked away, the front of the car caught on fire.
….This experience does not in any way make me think that the Tesla Model S is an unsafe car. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
This is the latest incident in which Teslas have caught fire when the batteries have been damaged.
Auto safety leaders have urged an investigation into the fires in recent weeks.
TSLA is up 313% year to date.