Tesla faces federal investigation after claims of cars bursting into flames

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a letter citing an “alarming number of car fires.”
1:41 | 11/04/19

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Transcript for Tesla faces federal investigation after claims of cars bursting into flames
The new headline, Tesla facing investigation due to several reports of cars bursting into flames. Here's Trevor Ault. Reporter: Tonight, Tesla facing a potential federal investigation, amid accusations some of its cars burst into flames. The government requesting documents from the company after attorneys representing Tesla owners petitioned, saying there's been an alarming number of car fires. The main focus of the probe, its lithium ion batteries. There are two components that have to be kept apart from each other. If they contact each other, you get a fire or an explosion. Reporter: In 2018, several Tesla vehicles reportedly caught fire, seemingly out of nowhere. In December, this model "S" flaring up twice. Once as it was being towed for a flat tie, and six hours later. In March, this car bursting into flames in a crash, then reigniting in an impound lot almost a week afterward. The national highway traffic state of the administration asking for documents. Tesla has called lithium ion battery fires extraordinarily unusual. But they did not return requests for comment. Tesla has until November 28th to return the request for information. If they don't, they could face

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