In his blog post titled "The Mission of Tesla" dated November 18 on TeslaMotors.com, Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote:
"Second, we have requested that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conduct a full investigation as soon as possible into the fire incidents."
The NHTSA has now made it publicly known that it wholly disagrees with that statement made by Musk.
The following is a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) posted by Street Insider in regards to the Tesla Model S fires and the NHTSA opening a formal investigation:
"NHTSA's decision to open any formal investigation is an independent process. In regards to Tesla, the agency notified the automaker of its plans to open a formal investigation and requested their cooperation, which is standard agency practice for all investigations. The automaker agreed to do so."
NHTSA Administrator David Strickland made this statement to the Detroit News:
“Investigations are independent. We have never — in my recollection, before I got to NHTSA (as a Senate staffer) or as administrator — have actually had an automaker ask for a formal investigation, but it causes a couple of implications: If a manufacturer asks me or asks the agency for a formal investigation, you’ve already made a determination that you may have a defect that imposes an unreasonable risk to safety… I don’t think that would ever happen."