As per the Electrek report, a brand-new Tesla Model Y caught on fire after powering down while driving. The driver claimed he was trapped inside the vehicle and forced to break the window to exit.
The event occurred in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on Friday. Jamil Jutha reports that while driving his 2021 Tesla Model Y, which he purchased only eight months ago, the vehicle sent an error warning and subsequently shut down.
The cabin began to fill with smoke. When the fire department arrived and asked if there was anyone else in the car, he told them:
“No. I had to smash the window to get out of the car. I kicked through the window. Everything stops. The power didn’t work. The door didn’t open. The windows didn’t go down so I’m thinking I need to get the f*ck out of this car so I kicked through.”
Electrek noted that “while it’s true that the primary way to operate the doors in a Tesla vehicle is through the electronic releases, which don’t work in case of a loss of power, every door is also equipped with a manual release in plain view.”
“In fact, it’s often a problem for people who are not familiar with the car as they use the manual release instead of the electronic release, which enables the windows on the frameless door to go down before enabling the door to be pushed open – ensuring a safer opening of the doors,” Electrek added.
After a few minutes of smoke rising from the vehicle, flames began to appear inside. The fire department arrived approximately five minutes after the car began to fire, and they were able to put out the fire fast.