Germany Clears Tesla In Recent Model S Fires – Seriously

DEC 3 2013 BY JAY COLE 9

Despite An Ongoing NHTSA Investigation, German Authorities Have Cleared Tesla From Any "Manufacturer-Related Defects"

Despite An Ongoing NHTSA Investigation, German Authorities Have Cleared Tesla From Any “Manufacturer-Related Defects”

German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) Clears Tesla In Letter (click to enlarge - translated below)

German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) Clears Tesla In Letter (click to enlarge – translated below)

Exactly how or why the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, or Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), got involved in the three recent Tesla Model S fires that happened in the United States (here and here) & Mexico (here) is beyond us…much less the fact that the KBA has put out a press release clearing Tesla of any “manufacturer-related defects.”

Yet they did. 

And because Tesla Motors has thought it was a good idea to officially highlight this action, we will simply pass it along without comment.

Actually we will comment.

It is hard to think that an agency (KBA) that is thousands of miles away, with no direct contact/involvement with any of these incidents, other than requesting that Tesla send them data directly themselves would pass judgement from far away while a NHTSA investigation is still underway seems ludicrous to us.

And that Tesla would choose to tout it, is almost as surprising, especially considering the recent “we requested the investigation”“no you didn’t” debate that has been going on very publically between the NHSTA and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Don’t get us wrong, we believe the Model S will ultimately be cleared by the NHTSA, and we think its great the Germans are A-OK with the Model S.

However in our opinion this German investigation has little credibility, and it does not serve Tesla well to mention it publically.  For now, the NHTSA gets the final, and only say that really matters.

Tesla statement on the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt inquiry:

KBA HQ in Flenburg, Germany - Where The Magic Happens!

KBA HQ in Flenburg, Germany – Where The Magic Happens!

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Tesla received a recent inquiry from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), regarding the Model S post-crash fire incidents in Seattle, Tennessee and Mexico. The KBA is the German authority in charge of motor vehicle regulation. They have the power to initiate and perform investigations, and compel recalls. In response, Tesla provided the KBA with data and additional information regarding each of these incidents.

In investigating these incidents, the KBA reviewed Tesla’s responses to their inquiries, as well as other information. They subsequently issued the following statement:

According to the documents, no manufacturer-related defects [herstellerseitiger Mangel] could be found. Therefore, no further measures under the German Product Safety Act [Produktsicherheitsgesetz (ProdSG)] are deemed necessary.

Letter from the KBA (translated – original is above in thumbnail):

27 November 2013

GSK STOCKMANN + KOLLEGEN
Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater
Herrn Dr. Marcel Vietor
Karl-Scharnagl-Ring 8
80539 München

Investigation under the German Product Safety Act [Produktsicherheitsgesetz (ProdSG)], Tesla Model S vehicle fires

Dear Dr. Vietor,

Referring to our phone call dated 27 November 2013, I am pleased to share with you the investigation’s result with regard to the 3 recent fire incidents involving Tesla Model S cars.

According to the documents, no manufacturer-related defects [herstellerseitiger Mangel] could be found.

Therefore, no further measures under the German Product Safety Act [Produktsicherheitsgesetz (ProdSG)] are deemed necessary.

The process is completed with the Federal Motor Transport Authority [Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA)].

Sincerely yours,

On behalf,

[Signed]

Tesla official press release can be found here

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9 Comments on "Germany Clears Tesla In Recent Model S Fires – Seriously"

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Robert

He clearly just called up and asked if the German authorities are looking at it. Perfectly normal given Model S are on the road in Germany. Happens often over here, about all sorts of things, not just cars.

It simply says the KBA is leaving it alone. That might change if NHTSA finds something. Although good news for Tesla on the face of it, I also wouldn’t somehow preempt the NHTSA or try to pressure them with it.

Foo

Ya… das ist gut.

Nicklas

Yes, it is good that more authorities are looking into these incidents… Will simply give more EV-credit once they all clear Tesla 🙂
– Americans are good, but they are not perfect in the sense that everything that is said is taken as the complete and utter truth…

Christian

The German KBA takes the security on the streets in Germany very seriously. Because of the publicity of these fires and the resulting concerned that might be arised in the German drivers, the KBA needs to asure that the cars driving on German street are save.

Besides the distance is relative and might feel greater on the US side.

I also expect that Elon Musk takes the concerns of the Germans, who control the safety of the cars very strictly, very seriously as he considers this market the most important after the US.

Another reason might be, that the German opinion in question of engineering will be heard.

sven

I think Elon Musk considers the Chinese market the most important after the US.

Priusmaniac

I actually find it strange that all the other national road safety authorities, in the different countries where the Model S is driving, didn’t say a word. The German reaction is rather sound. They informed of the cases, accepted Tesla’s explanation as being correct and put out a statement they estimate the car is safe. In UK, in Sweden in Spain, in Mexico, no reaction at all. Die or live, no matter. That is rather a strange non reaction.

Nelson

I wonder if the NHTSA will be looking into the fiery crash that took the life of actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were traveling in smashed into a light pole and tree, and then exploded in flames. They probably would have survived the accident in a Tesla Model S.

NPNS!
Volt#671

Priusmaniac

We will never know, but your statement is correct if it turns out the impacts impulsions on the bodies where to low to kill and the burns where the ultimate death cause. A sad thing though that reminds of James Dean also killed in a Porsche.

Thomas

They wouldnt have survived in a Model S either cause they were simply too fast…..
And Porsche (i know it cause im working for P.) supported authorities by checking the ECUs of the car.