The US transport safety agency announced on Friday that it was investigating the fire in a prototype of the automaker Tesla, which surprised the driver and demanded that firefighters take more than two hours to put out the flames.
The cause of the Model’s fire S Plaid Tuesday in Haverford has yet to be determined, and an attorney representing the car’s owner has asked for the vehicle to be recalled. “This is a harrowing and frightening situation and obviously a serious problem,” attorney Mark Geragos told AFP.
“Our preliminary investigation is ongoing, but we ask Tesla to set aside these cars until a full investigation is carried out,” he added. According to the lawyer, the driver was driving when the vehicle spontaneously caught fire. He was temporarily trapped before he managed to get out.
The office released a photo showing the sedan, which sells for $129,990, in flames.
Tesla, an American maker of electric vehicles owned by tycoon Elon Musk, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the AFP.
Firefighters said the car was on fire when first responders arrived at the scene, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told AFP it was investigating the fire.
The investigation comes as transport safety regulators are focusing on accidents involving vehicles from Tesla and other automakers with automatic steering systems.
Earlier this year, a Tesla vehicle was involved in a fatal accident in the state of Texas, in which police reported that no one was behind the wheel. Tesla describes the autopilot as a steering improvement system that, despite its name, requires a human operator.