2013 Tesla Model S Cleared of Safety Defect by German Regulators


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    The 2013 Tesla Model S was cleared of any safety defect by Germany's transportation regulator. | December 03, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Tesla Model S was cleared of any safety defect following a review by Germany's transportation regulator.
  • "German govt reviews Tesla Model S fires," Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, tweeted. "All due to high speed impacts, no injuries. Concludes: no defects, no recall."
  • The Model S is being investigated for a possible U.S. recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

PALO ALTO, California — The 2013 Tesla Model S was cleared of any safety defect following a review by Germany's transportation regulator, Tesla announced on Monday.

"No manufacturer-related defects could be found," Tesla said in a statement provided to Edmunds. "Therefore, no further measures under the German Product Safety Act are deemed necessary."

Tesla said it received a recent inquiry from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority regarding the Model S post-crash fire incidents in Seattle, Tennessee and Mexico. Tesla sells the Model S in Germany.

"German govt reviews Tesla Model S fires," Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, tweeted. "All due to high speed impacts, no injuries. Concludes: no defects, no recall."

The Model S is being investigated for a possible U.S. recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

U.S. safety regulators opened a "preliminary evaluation" into an estimated 13,108 2013 Tesla Model S sedans on November 15. Such an action sometimes precedes a vehicle recall. NHTSA said it is looking into the Model S because "deformation/intrusion into the propulsion battery by roadway debris may result in a thermal reaction and fire."

NHTSA has not announced the results of its investigation.

Edmunds says: Will U.S. safety regulators concur with their German counterparts? Tesla owners will be waiting to find out.

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