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Tesla Under Scrutiny After Explosive Crash

Investigators question whether fire was result of battery-car design.

by on Feb.20, 2017

Tesla's in the crosshairs again after a Model S exploded in flames after a high-speed collision. The parent of one of the victims blames the car's batteries.

Tesla has come under fire in the wake of an explosive crash in Indianapolis involving a Model S battery-electric vehicle that took the life of a young woman and her boss.

The automaker had previously taken steps to prevent the lithium-ion batteries used in its vehicles from inadvertently catching fire. However, the crash raises questions not only about whether Tesla has gone far enough, but also if Tesla’s battery technology is inherently safe. Lithium-ion chemistry came under close scrutiny last year as a result of fires and meltdowns involving Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

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