U.S. authorities rejects 2019 petition to research Tesla car fires

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WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has rejected a 2019 petition to open a proper investigation into Tesla (TSLA.O) car fires, in line with a federal submitting on Monday.

The company opened a proper assessment in October 2019 of the petition filed by the places of work of California lawyer Edward C. Chen on behalf of Tesla house owners over non-crash fireplace issues together with stories of three fires in China.

The NHTSA stated in 2019 it was reviewing whether or not Tesla ought to have recalled 2,000 of its electrical vehicles that yr as an alternative of issuing a software program improve to repair a possible defect that might end in battery fires.

The petition alleged Tesla was “using over-the-air software updates to mask and cover up a potentially widespread and dangerous issue with the batteries in their vehicles.”

“Tesla’s investigation of the non-crash fires in China did not identify a root cause or positively link the incidents to any design or manufacturing defect conditions,” NHTSA’s denial stated, including: “The available data indicate that non-crash battery fires in Tesla vehicles are rare events.”

Tesla didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The NHTSA added “no fires related to the subject condition have been observed globally since three fires in China and Hong Kong over a 48-day period from late-March to mid-May 2019.” It added “there have been no fires in the United States related” to the difficulty.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

A Tesla logo is pictured on a car in the rain in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo