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NHTSA investigates Nissan Leaf EV fire blamed on faulty charger | The Detroit News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether a EV charging unit damaged a Nissan Leaf and led to a fire poses a safety hazard.

NHTSA said Saturday the agency is opening an investigation into 50 Bosch Power Xpress 250V charging units after a complaint that while charging a 2013 Leaf the EV “began to emit smoke around the vicinity of the vehicle/charger interface when charging at a private residence.”

After 90 minutes of charging “signs of overheating were first noticed. The overheating condition can cause damage to the vehicle and charger rendering both inoperable. Charging vehicles are typically left unattended and there is a risk of fire that could affect the vehicle and its surrounding environment.”



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