This Tesla Is About to Explode. The Carmaker Is Investigating

Tesla sends team to Shanghai to look into video showing car allegedly exploding in parking lot
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2019 10:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Teslas catching fire have made recent headlines, but one supposed incident has now been caught on video, and the automaker is investigating. Reuters reports the company has sent a team to China to check out an explosion that allegedly took place in a Shanghai parking garage, an incident seen in footage that's been circulating on Chinese social media. In the video seemingly shot on Sunday, a parked Model S is shown with smoke coming out of it, followed seconds later by a blast, then flames. A handful of other cars nearby were also apparently destroyed.

"After learning about the incident in Shanghai, we dispatched a team to the scene last night as soon as possible," Tesla said in a statement, via Jalopnik. "We are actively liaising with the relevant departments and cooperating with the verification of the situation. According to the current information, there [were] no casualties." Reuters notes that more than a dozen Tesla vehicles have caught on fire since 2013, though mostly after crashes. (Read more Tesla stories.)

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