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MercuryNews.com : Third fire in Tesla Model S reported; shares tumble

11/07/2013 9:32 AM

DETROIT — Another Tesla Model S electric car has caught fire, this time after hitting road debris outside of Smyrna, Tennessee.

The blaze on Wednesday afternoon engulfed the front of the car. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol says the Model S was headed east on Interstate 24 when it ran over a tow hitch. The hitch hit the undercarriage of the car, causing an electrical fire.

It’s the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks and similar to one in early October just outside of Seattle. In that fire, a driver hit road debris that pierced a shield and the battery pack, causing a fire. The other blaze happened in Mexico after the driver ran over a roundabout and crashed into a concrete wall and a tree at a high speed.

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