Tesla CEO expects feds to clear Model S in fires

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Updated: 11/22/2013 9:33 pm

DETROIT (AP) — The leader of Tesla Motors is confident that his Model S electric car is safe and will be cleared by a federal investigation into two recent fires.

CEO Elon Musk says the fires are extreme cases that happened after the cars hit road debris at high speeds on two U.S. highways.

He says in an interview with The Associated Press that he doesn't expect a recall, and his engineers are not working on any changes to the $70,000 cars.

The fires happened near Seattle and Nashville during the past two months. In each case the batteries caught fire after the drivers hit large metal objects in the road.

Musk says the cars are safe because no one was hurt in either case or in a more serious crash in Mexico.

 

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