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China-Made Tesla Model 3 Blows Up in Shanghai
By Staff, Agencies
A Tesla Model 3 exploded in a residential parking garage in Shanghai on Tuesday, according to Chinese media.
The explosion was probably caused by the battery pack being damaged by impact to the car's underside, according to a statement by Tesla's Chinese operations, as quoted by media outlet Yicai adding that an investigation had ascertained that no one was injured in the incident.
Despite being the best-selling electric vehicle in China, Tesla has been involved in several controversial incidents, some of which have proved fatal.
This is not the first time Tesla vehicles have burst into flames in China: back in 2019, CCTV first spotted smoke rising from what looked like a parked Tesla Model S, and then showed it going up in flames. Tesla responded to the incident immediately and sent a team to investigate the matter.
In June 2020, a Tesla car, driven by a 51-year-old woman, crashed into several vehicles and hit pedestrians. The accident left two people dead and six injured. Although it was claimed that the car had gone out of control, Tesla denied these allegations and said in a statement that no signs were detected of the vehicle malfunctioning.
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