Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Tesla Model 3 bursts into flames after crash in Moscow

Tesla Model 3 bursts into flames after crash in Moscow

The driver of the Model 3 told a Russian TV website he was using the electric vehicle's auto pilot system when he hit a stopped tow truck on a highway. He said he didn't see the vehicle.

A separate video shows the electric vehicle catching fire and exploding in mere seconds.

Tretyakov told local media he suffered a broken leg, while his two children escaped the auto with only minor injuries, although the car's battery pack appears to have caught fire, producing a massive explosion and fire.

Alexi Tretyakov, the owner and driver of the Tesla said that his auto had Autopilot enabled and his hands-on the wheel, meaning that both Alexi and the Tesla cars semi-autonomous tech didn't see the tow truck, and crashed into it. During the crash, the Tesla's battery was "breached" and in the aftermath, the vehicle caught fire.

Footage shown on Russian News Channel Rossiya 24 showed that the only part of the auto remaining after the fire was the metal frame. Tretyakov broke his leg, the reports said, and he was accompanied in the vehicle by two children who also required medical attention.

Tretyakov was traveling with his two children when the crash occurred. They all escaped from the vehicle.

Tesla-founded by billionaire Elon Musk-has said that the Model 3 "was engineered to be the safest vehicle ever built" among those tested by automotive safety watchdog the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the "lowest probability of injury".

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has stood by safety claims for its Model 3 in the face of regulatory scrutiny, while documents showed the top US automotive safety watchdog issued at least five subpoenas since a year ago seeking information about crashes involving the company's vehicles. This is why the firm insists that the driver should be ready to take over control at any time.

In response to the release of the documents, Tesla defended the Model 3 safety claims, arguing that they were based on the NHTSA's data. However, the system can perform several functions, such as detecting nearby obstacles and adjusting the vehicle's speed.

A Tesla Model X cashed into a barrier on a California highway in March 2018, resulting in the death of its driver.

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