Man in Tesla Model S fire: ‘I’d buy another one’

How the Tesla Motors Club site reacted to first images of the fire.

(Credit: tommolog/TeslaMotorsClub Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

Car brands enjoy testimonials from happy drivers.

But there’s something a little more powerful, when the testimonial is from a driver whose car just caught fire.

In a blog post on Tesla Web site, Juris Shibayama, an MD from Tennessee, explains what happened when his Model S caught fire last Thursday.

He ends his explanation with a line that not everyone would expect: “I would buy another one in a heartbeat.”

Shibayama said that he struck a three-pronged trailer hitch in the middle lane of the interstate. He continued:

About 30-45 seconds later, there was a warning on the dashboard display saying, ‘Car needs service. Car may not restart.’ I continued to drive, hoping to get home. About one minute later, the message on the dashboard display read, ‘Please pull over safely. Car is shutting down.’

He said he had time to remove his possessions, even though, he said: “About 5-10 seconds after getting out of the car, smoke started to come from the front underbody of the car.”

Next, he said he got 100 yards away and, some two minutes later, the ca… [Read more]

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