How to avoid the Tesla fuel spill
Posted On August 8, 2021
Tesla Motors Co. is under fire for the deadly fuel spill at a battery plant in Arizona, after an electric car owner reported a fuel spill on Friday.
The car was reported at 3:30 a.m. at the Teslas factory in Payson, Arizona, according to Tesla’s website.
A spokesperson for Tesla, which is based in Palo Alto, California, declined to comment.
The owner, Mark Soto, told The Associated Press that the car’s battery caught fire after the driver, a former Marine, turned on the engine to charge the battery.
The vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital, where the driver was taken into custody.
“They’ve taken him out, but he’s got a burn over his face,” Soto said.
“I think it’s a very serious burn.”
The Associated Press does not typically name victims of fires.
In a statement to The Associated Images, Tesla said: “As soon as we were notified, the incident was immediately investigated and an investigation was launched.
We take safety and quality of life very seriously and are committed to providing safe vehicles to our customers.”
The AP has not been able to independently verify the claim, and Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
Tesla has been struggling with fuel shortages in recent months, and it was recently forced to temporarily suspend production of some models of its popular Model S sedan amid the fuel crisis.