Tesla to install shields to prevent car fires

2014-03-28 18:23
A new Tesla all electric car on display at a Tesla showroom inside the Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati. (Al Behrman, AP)

A new Tesla all electric car on display at a Tesla showroom inside the Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati. (Al Behrman, AP)

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Detroit - Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it will install additional shielding to prevent roadway debris from damaging batteries and possibly causing a fire.

The company says it will retrofit the Model S with an aluminium bar, a titanium plate and another piece of aluminium. The shields are designed to ward off the type of debris that caused fires in two cars last year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating after the fires were reported. It was unclear what impact the shields will have on the probe. Tesla says the action is not a recall.

CEO Elon Musk, a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor and inventor says the Model S already has a high level of safety. He says the shields make the car even safer.

Tesla has sold about 22 000 Model S cars in the US.

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