This Tesla didn't crash. But it did catch fire


"This is what happened to my husband and his vehicle today", she wrote.

Several lithium-ion batteries in Tesla Model S's caught fire after crashes or after the cars ran over debris in the road in the first two years after the auto went on sale in 2012.

McCormack captured and shared a video with flames shooting from beneath the Tesla.

Tesla cars are 10 times less likely to catch fire than gasoline-fueled cars, the automaker said, citing data from the National Fire Protection Association and U.S. Federal Highway Administration.

The destroyed Model S was being driven by British TV director Michael Morris on Santa Monica Blvd when it mysteriously ignited, according to Morris' wife, actress Mary McCormack. "Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over", McCormack tweeted. He was not injured in the fire. But McCormack was quick to say that Autopilot technology was not involved in this crash.

Tesla maintains that it takes extraordinary measures to protect passengers from fires, which it says are at least 10 times less likely in a Tesla than in a gas-powered vehicle.

In an emailed statement, a Tesla spokeswoman called the fire an "extraordinarily unusual occurrence" and said the company is investigating to determine the cause.

Tesla acknowledged that rare fires occur but stated their cars are safer than a gas engine and safety is a top priority in their designs. Tesla has further confirmed that it is investing the reason behind the fire. Since then, Tesla has reinforced the cars' undercarriage to better protect the battery packs and adjusted the car's air suspension.