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From a Model S owner in Tennessee

Tesla Motors Inc. stock has dipped each of the three times one of its Model S electric cars has caught fire after an accident. The company yesterday made public the safety testimonial of a customer whose vehicle caught fire in a Tennessee incident.

Juris Shibayama, a doctor, was driving home on the interstate at about 70 miles per hour when he ran over a three-pronged trailer hitch in the right lane, he said in a detailed account of the accident on Tesla’s website. The obstruction levered the car up, but Shibayama maintained control.

After about 45 seconds, the Model S displayed a warning and Shibayama kept driving, hoping to get home. A minute later, the car told him to “please pull over safely. Car is shutting down.”

He pulled over, got his belongings out of the car and moved away. Then the Model S caught fire. His account ends with an endorsement of the vehicle: “The experience does not in any way make me think the Tesla Model S is an unsafe car. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.”


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