A CNBC first reported on the fire Thursday after confirming a local fire department responded to the scene.burst into flames near Philadelphia on Tuesday, trapping the car's owner inside before he managed to escape.
Photos provided show the Model S Plaid's cabin melted and nearly burnt from the top down, and according to the Post, badging photos confirmed the vehicle is one of the new Plaid models. CEOat an event last month.
According to the report, citing the driver's lawyer, the man noticed smoke coming from the back of the Model S Plaid before he tried exiting the car. The locks appeared to malfunction, according to the driver's attorney, but he was able to "force his way out of the vehicle." One of the driver's lawyers, Mike Geragos of Geragos & Geragos, told Roadshow in a statement, "This is a harrowing and frightening situation and an obvious major problem. Our preliminary investigation is ongoing, but we call on Tesla to sideline these cars until a full investigation can occur." Tesla does not operate a public relations department to field requests for comment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Roadshow in a statement it's aware of the fire. "The agency is in touch with relevant agencies and the manufacturer to gather information about the incident. If data or investigations show a defect or an inherent risk to safety exists, NHTSA will take action as appropriate to protect the public."
The EV was first transported to a secure facility before the owner removed it for an independent investigation to examine the cause of the fire.