Tesla Fire

Tesla Fire records information about Tesla car fires and other Tesla fire incidents that received news coverage

Tesla Fire

Tesla Fire tracks all Tesla fires - including cars and other products, e.g. Tesla MegaPacks - that are reported by news articles or verified primary sources. We also tally the number of fatalities involved with Tesla fires and provide links to additional photos or footage wherever possible. If you have a tip about a Tesla fire, or about Tesla in general, or are looking to contact us for some other reason, please use the form here.

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Total Tesla Fires as of : 134 confirmed cases | Fatalities Involving a Tesla Car Fire Count: 38

Latest update: Dozen or so cases added.

Year
Date
Country
State
Make / Product
Fatalities
Description
Source
Additional media
2022 9/20/2022 USA CA Tesla Megapack   Megapack fire closes down Highway 1 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-20/tesla-battery-fire-at-pg-e-facility-closes-california-road#xj4y7vzkg  
2022 8/26/2022 USA N/A S Plaid   Tesla catches fire while driving  
2022 8/17/2022 Germany     2 Tesla hits tree https://www.feuerwehrmagazin.de/nachrichten/news/zwei-insassen-verbrennen-im-wrack-116983  
2022 8/15/2022 USA CA     Car catches fire on freeway and spreads to brush https://www.cbsnews.com/sacramento/news/tesla-catches-fire-on-i-80-near-sacramento-1-person-taken-to-hospital/  
2022 8/10/2022 USA FL     Car catches fire while driving https://bocanewsnow.com/2022/08/10/tesla-burns-on-i-95-in-delray-beach/  
2022 8/8/2022 USA NJ     Two Tesla explode next to garage filled with ammo  
2022 8/5/2022 USA MA     Car spontaneously catches on fire at Tesla store https://www.audacy.com/wwjnewsradio/news/national/tesla-car-battery-ignites-at-massachusetts-dealership  
2022 7/27/2022 USA ME     Car crashes into tree at high speed https://www.boothbayregister.com/article/fatal-car-crash-southport/163395  
2022 7/27/2022 China   3   Tesla spontaneously ignites https://www.sohu.com/a/572385915_120826790  
2022 7/22/2022 China       Taiwanese celebrity hits pole with Tesla, car catches on fire https://baijiahao.baidu.com/s?id=1739047608155970837&wfr=spider&for=pc  
2022 7/22/2022 China       Fire erupts after Tesla crashes into barrier https://cnevpost.com/2022/07/22/taiwanese-star-jimmy-lin-injured-in-tesla-crash-report-says/  
2022 7/20/2022 Iceland       Parked car burns https://www.visir.is/g/20222288792d/grafa-brann-i-grafar-holti  
2022 7/9/2022 Canada       Tesla burns at service center https://mobile.twitter.com/TeslaqJ/status/1545755355736485888  
2022 7/9/2022 China   Y   Tesla catches fire https://mobile.twitter.com/TeslaqJ/status/1545755355736485888  
2022 7/5/2022 USA GA   1 Fiery crash https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/atlanta-crash-ralph-d-abernathy/85-c224cf65-b2ef-47b7-8bad-facb0fa5a329  
2022 6/22/2022 USA CA S   Totalled Tesla at junkyard ignites 3 weeks later https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/06/22/tesla-fire-sacramento/  
2022 6/20/2022 Slovania       Tesla hits traffic light and catches fire https://sobotainfo.com/novica/kronika/foto-zaradi-neprilagojene-hitrosti-trcil-v-prometno-signalizacijo-tesla-zgorela-v  
2022 5/23/2022 USA IL     Tesla catches fire https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2612308763521/tesla-catches-fire-on-route-3-in-brooklyn-illinois  
2022 5/22/2022 Canada   Y   Car shuts down while driving and ignites https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-tesla-driver-kicks-out-window-to-escape-car-fire-1.5914147  
2022 5/22/2022 USA FL 3 Teslas   Parked Tesla in lot ignites https://www.autoevolution.com/news/several-tesla-fires-in-a-few-days-bring-back-concerns-about-ev-safety-189387.html https://twitter.com/JuliaNBC6/status/1528739826891165696
2022 5/20/2022 Canada   3   Tesla spontaneously catches fire at stop light  
2022 5/19/2022 USA NJ   1 Tesla hits trees, ignites https://www.nj.com/cumberland/2022/05/south-jersey-driver-killed-after-tesla-hits-trees-catches-fire.html -
2022 5/14/2022 USA CA 3   Parked Tesla spontaneously combusts https://www.newsweek.com/parked-tesla-model-3-completely-gone-after-bursting-flames-1709074
2022 5/12/2022 USA CA     House burns down from Tesla spontaneous fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo48NHMM_Gk&ab_channel=FOX11LosAngeles  
2022 5/11/2022 USA CA   3 Tesla smashes into construction equipment https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/18/nhtsa-probes-tesla-autopilot-crash-that-killed-three-people/  
2022 4/28/2022 USA NY     Trash fire spreads to Tesla https://brooklynreporter.com/2022/04/streets-of-fire-tesla-goes-up-in-flames-on-fifth-avenue/  
2022 4/18/2022 Germany       Parked Tesla ignites https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/baden-wuerttemberg/stuttgart/bietigheim-e-auto-brennt-aus-100.html  
2022 4/10/2022 USA NH     Tesla catches on fire after crash https://patch.com/new-hampshire/nashua/tesla-vehicle-bursts-flames-second-time-week-nashua  
2022 4/3/2022 USA CA     Crash inside garage https://abc7.com/santa-monica-car-crash-fire-parking-garage/11706511/  
2022 4/2/2022 China       Car catches fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9O5uBg3n2k&t=2s  
2022 4/1/2022 China   S   Tesla catches fire while driving  
2022 3/26/2022 USA CA   1 DUI crash on highway, Tesla catches fire https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2022/03/27/ashland-fatal-i-580-hit-and-run-crash-claims-tesla-passenger/ -
2022 3/25/2022 USA CA 3   Four-car crash with fires https://fox40.com/news/local-news/metro-fire-multi-vehicle-crash-6-taken-to-hospital/  
2022 3/16/2022 USA IL     Car battery bursts 3 times https://newschannel20.com/news/local/damaged-tesla-continues-to-burn-in-illinois-tow-yard  
2022 3/14/2022 USA FL   1 Tesla crashes and erupts into flames https://wsvn.com/news/local/driver-dead-after-tesla-catches-fire-in-miami-gardens/  
2022 3/12/2022 USA NY   1 Tesla crashes and burns https://midhudsonnews.com/2022/03/12/palisades-parkway-fatality-weather-related-police-say/  
2022 3/8/2022 USA CA X   Garage fire https://www.countynews.tv/santa-ana-garage-fire-chars-vehicles-damages-home/  
2022 3/4/2022 USA CA Y   Tesla burns for hours https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2022/03/04/tesla-sedan-burns-for-4-hours-after-crash-fire-near-fillmore/  
2022 2/27/2022 USA   3   Spontaneous fire in back seat https://carbuzz.com/news/look-at-the-shocking-aftermath-of-this-spontaneous-tesla-fire  
2022 2/14/2022 Spain       Tesla submerges in lake and still catches fire https://www.carscoops.com/2022/02/tesla-enters-drowning-mode-and-bubbles-after-falling-into-the-sea/  
2022 1/14/2022 Canada       Tesla burns on street
2022 1/8/2022 Denmark   3 Teslas   Tesla's burn at charging station https://presse-fotos.dk/post/fire-elbiler-i-ladestander-brudt-i-brand/  
2022 1/5/2022 USA CA S   Car charging and then ignites https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2022/01/05/structure-fire-related-to-tesla-charger-displaces-menlo-park-family  
2021 12/22/2021 USA CA Y   Tesla ignites while being washed https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=lDkSBqqofRc&feature=emb_logo
2021 12/10/2021 Switzerland       Parked Tesla catches fire https://www.polizei-schweiz.ch/bronschhofen-sg-tesla-in-brand-geraten/amp/  
2021 12/6/2021 Germany       Tesla hits fire, erupts https://www.bz-berlin.de/brandenburg/auto-prallt-gegen-mehrere-baeume-fahrer-tot  
2021 12/6/2021 USA AZ   1 Collision with another car, leads to fire https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/woman-dead-following-crash-in-paradise-valley-authorities-say  
2021 12/1/2021 USA CA 3 1 Tesla crashse into pole, battery ignites https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/12/01/driver-killed-after-fiery-tesla-crash-in-redondo-beach-amid-heavy-fog/
2021 11/24/2021 USA PA     Spontaneous ignition that spreads to house https://6abc.com/maple-glen-pa-car-fire-tesla-montgomery-county-pennsylvania/11268621/ https://6abc.com/video/embed/?pid=11268428
2021 11/8/2021 USA OH Y 1 Car crashes into fixture https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/mother-of-five-killed-in-tesla-car-fire-in-ohio/ar-AAQxoME  
2021 10/17/2021 USA AZ At least 5 Roadsters   Gruber Motors fire https://electrek.co/2021/10/17/gruber-motors-catches-on-fire-again-tesla-roadsters-lost/  
2021 10/15/2021 USA IN     Tesla car fire after collision  
2021 10/1/2021 Switzerland       Tesla crashes into tree and ignites https://www.20min.ch/story/tesla-prallt-gegen-baum-und-geht-in-flammen-auf-frau-im-spital-963037986926  
2021 9/30/2021 USA MD     Tesla in apparent crash ignites https://twitter.com/BaltCoVolFire/status/1443735421771526145  
2021 9/30/2021 USA NY     Tesla explodes in storage building and damages five other cars https://patch.com/new-york/riverhead/explosion-li-runway-leaves-vehicles-5-damaged-fire-police  
2021 9/29/2021 USA CA     Three accident causes Tesla to catch on fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daxDHkWB1zo&t=92s  
2021 9/28/2021 Luxembourg   X   Car at service center ignites https://www.autoevolution.com/news/tesla-model-x-catches-fire-in-a-tesla-service-center-garage-in-luxembourg-168427.html  
2021 9/27/2021 USA GA S   Tesla spontaneously goes on fire https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10158528946723831&id=72465393830
2021 9/20/2021 Thailand       Tesla crashes into pole, battery ignites https://aseannow.com/topic/1232216-4-million-baht-tesla-goes-up-in-flames-after-crash-in-samut-songkhram/  
2021 9/14/2021 USA FL 3 2 Tesla crashes into tree and ignites https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/09/14/2-killed-after-tesla-crashes-into-tree-in-coral-gables/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDNtxfC_tOc
2021 8/2/2021 USA CA     Spontaneous combustion on street https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/video-shows-fire-engulf-tesla-in-north-park/  
2021 7/30/2021 Australia   MegaPack   MegaPack catches on fire at Victorian Big Battery https://youtu.be/BIHRnLnyqGw?t=23
2021 7/26/2021 Netherlands     1 Four vehicle collision, Tesla catches fire  
2021 7/2/2021 USA CA S Plaid   Fire spontaneous erupts while driving
2021 6/29/2021 USA CA   2 Car goes down one way street and crashes into Tesla, fire breaks out https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-06-29/2-killed-in-wrong-way-crash-on-210-in-rialto  
2021 6/16/2021 Denmark       Tesla loses control and crashes into tree, catches on fire https://www.berlingske.dk/samfund/53-aarig-mand-omkommer-i-bilulykke-uden-for-brande  
2021 6/1/2021 USA WA   1 Tesla hits concrete barrier, later catches on fire https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article251853803.html  
2021 4/21/2021 China       Parked Tesla spontaneously combusts  
2021 4/17/2021 USA TX S 2 Tesla crashes into tree with "no driver", bursts into fire https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/two-killed-in-driverless-tesla-crash  
2021 4/17/2021 China     1 Collisions with cement barrier, car catches on fire https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1221662.shtml  
2021 4/13/2021 Germany     1 Tesla goes off road, hits a tree, and bursts into flames https://www.focus.de/regional/mecklenburg-vorpommern/ursache-fuer-toedlichen-tesla-unfall-weiter-unklar_id_13215813.html https://twitter.com/ton_aarts/status/1390646474678145028
2021 4/1/2021 China   3 1 Driver hit traffic island, Tesla catches on fire https://taiwanenglishnews.com/tesla-catches-fire-after-crash-driver-dies/  
2021 1/22/2021 China       Car explodes in garage after minor accident  
2020 12/18/2020 Portugal     1 Tesla driver crashes into pole and dies in resulting fire  
2020 8/12/2020 USA CA   2 Tesla hits two cars along exit ramp & catches fire https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/08/13/saratoga-man-killed-in-fiery-freeway-crash-identified/  
2020 4/24/2020 Netherlands     1 Tesla runs off road, crashes, catches fire https://www.omroepgelderland.nl/nieuws/2446697/Tesla-vat-vlam-na-ongeluk-bestuurder-47-overleden  
2020 4/3/2020 Taiwan   3 1 Tesla rolls over and catches on fire https://taiwanenglishnews.com/tesla-catches-fire-after-crash-driver-dies/  
2020 1/19/2020 USA CA     Speeding Tesla crashes and bursts into flames https://abc7news.com/tesla-crash-fire-pleasanton-car/5862228/  
2020 1/13/2020 USA IL     Cars catch on fire in driveway  
2020 1/5/2020 USA UT     Tesla runs red light, hits other car, battery explodes  
2019 12/29/2019 USA IN 3 1 Tesla rear ends parked fire truck https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/inv/2021/INOA-PE21020-1893.PDF  
2019 10/2/2019 USA NV 7 Teslas on a carrier   Car carrier carrying Tesla's catches on fire https://twitter.com/ceelkz/status/1161368454466719744
2019 8/20/2019 Norway       Tesla catches fire https://web.archive.org/web/20220906062749/https://twitter.com/JanisRamps/status/1163894513045299200  
2019 8/18/2019 China S     Car burns in repair shop https://finance.sina.com.cn/chanjing/gsnews/2019-08-20/doc-ihytcitn0594830.shtml  
2019 7/31/2019 Germany   S   Tesla spontaneously catches on fire while parked on street https://tekniikanmaailma.fi/taas-uusi-tapaus-tesla-syttyi-itsestaan-palamaan-saksassa-jaljelle-jai-vain-tuhkakasa/?page=8  
2019 7/11/2019 USA FL X   Car ignites following collision https://insideevs.com/news/359527/tesla-models-crash-fire-wreck-video/  
2019 6/18/2019 Poland       Spontaneous fire https://tvn24.pl/wroclaw/scinawa-splonela-zaparkowana-tesla-ra946078-2313264  
2019 6/1/2019 Belgium       Car ignites while charging https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2019/06/01/autobrand-tesla-in-antwerpen/  
2019 5/2/2019 USA CA S   Spontaneous combustion in garage https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1160613113537990657/pu/vid/480x270/00iAPAvpB1TM1KZ2.mp4  
2019 4/23/2019 Netherlands       Car starts smoking while driving https://www.autoblog.nl/nieuws/tesla-in-de-fik-tijdens-rit-op-een-n-weg-te-culemborg-123635  
2019 4/21/2019 China       Spontaneous combustion in garage https://futurism.com/the-byte/tesla-fire-shanghai-parking-garage
2019 4/17/2019 USA PA     Tesla burst into flames and reignites later https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/04/17/monroeville-tesla-fire/  
2019 2/23/2019 USA FL   1 Tesla reignites several times after hitting tree https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/davie/fl-ne-electric-vehicle-battery-fires-20190225-story.html  
2019 2/18/2019 USA CA X   High-speed crash followed by fire https://abc7news.com/fiery-tesla-model-x-crash-in-fremont-leaves-driver-injured/5143718/ https://abc7news.com/video/embed/?pid=5144534
2018 12/18/2018 USA CA S   Tesla catches on fire while parked, reignites later https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Tesla-Vehicle-Catches-Fire-in-Los-Gatos-503080661.html  
2018 9/6/2018 Ukraine   ?   Two cars include Tesla catch fire https://dnipro.depo.ua/ukr/dnipro/u-centri-dnipra-zgoriv-avtomobil-tesla-foto-20180906833149  
2018 9/5/2018 Netherlands       Tesla burns in garage https://www.at5.nl/artikelen/186041/teslas-in-brand-in-garage-in-zuidoost  
2018 8/22/2018 USA NJ S   Tesla hit debris, sets on fire https://electrek.co/2018/08/22/tesla-model-s-caught-fire-driving-highway/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIsRi4oWaj0
2018 8/19/2018 France   Unknown # Teslas   Tesla "dealership" enflamed  
2018 7/13/2018 Netherlands   S   Parked Tesla combusts https://waalwijk.nieuws.nl/112/20180714/witte-tesla-model-s-gaat-in-vlammen-op-in-waalwijk/  
2018 7/11/2018 USA CA     House burns with Tesla in garage https://twitter.com/BoziTatarevic/status/1021522507986333696?s=20&t=paKswzHcmftGaYIRSCWGSw  
2018 6/15/2018 USA CA S   Tesla spontaneously catches on fire while parked https://www.thedrive.com/news/21591/west-wing-actress-flames-tesla-when-husbands-car-catches-fire  
2018 5/13/2018 USA UT S   Tesla rear-ends truck, ignites https://www.fox29.com/news/was-this-tesla-on-autopilot-when-it-rear-ended-a-fire-truck-at-60-mph  
2018 5/10/2018 Switzerland     1 Car hits barrier, explodes  
2018 5/8/2018 USA FL   2 Deadly crash leads to hours-long fire https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-sb-lauderdale-fatal-tesla-ntsb-20180626-story.html
2018 3/23/2018 USA CA X   Car crashes and catches fire, reignites 5 days later https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/accidentreports/pages/hwy18fh011-preliminary.aspx  
2018 3/4/2018 Belgium       Tesla car fire discovered https://112fryslan.nl/tesla-beschadigd-door-brand/  
2017 12/14/2017 Sweden   8 cars   Service center with several cars burns up https://electrek.co/2017/12/14/tesla-new-store-sweden-fire/  
2017 12/5/2017 Norway   X   Tesla lands in ditch, catches fire https://www.bygdeposten.no/bil/broom/tesla/erik-sa-royk-og-kjente-lukten-av-dynamitt-men-fikk-ikke-opp-dorene/s/5-10-145393  
2017 10/1/2017 Austria   S   Tesla crashes in barrier, burns https://electrek.co/2017/10/18/tesla-model-s-fire-high-speed-crash-video-impressive-operation/  
2017 8/25/2017 USA CA     Tesla crashed into garage https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/pages/HWY17FH013.aspx  
2017 6/28/2017 Germany       Tesla crashes on railroad tracks, burns up https://www.blick.ch/schweiz/verkehrsunfall-bahnlinie-nach-unfall-waehrend-mehreren-stunden-unterbrochen-id6910491.html  
2017 6/25/2017 USA CA X   Fiery Tesla Crash https://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2017/06/25/tesla-destroyed-in-fiery-crash-outside-oc-fire-authority-headquarters/  
2017 6/14/2017 China       Tesla hits guardrail, ignites http://auto.people.com.cn/n1/2017/0614/c1005-29339431.html  
2017 4/17/2017 Netherlands   Unknown # Teslas   Auction house lot full of cars engulfed in flames https://nos.nl/artikel/2170817-veilinghuis-amersfoort-verkochte-tesla-s-in-vlammen-opgegaan  
2017 3/31/2017 UK   S   Parked Tesla ignites https://electrek.co/2017/03/31/tesla--s-fire-manchester-crash/  
2017 3/15/2017 UK   S   Tesla spontaneously catches on fire while parked https://electrek.co/2017/03/31/tesla-model-s-fire-manchester-crash/  
2017 3/8/2017 China   2 Model S   Teslas catch on fire at charging station https://carnewschina.com/2017/03/08/two-tesla--s-on-fire-at-super-charger-station-in-Guangdong Shanghai-china/  
2017 3/4/2017 China   S   Fire starts while near Supercharger https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors/comments/5xfnc7/tesla_model_s_caught_on_fire_at_jinqiao/  
2017 2/19/2017 China   X   Car ignites after collision https://tech.qq.com/a/20170424/047391.htm https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dx2EmXtXcAAbnMJ.jpg
2016 11/3/2016 USA IN S 2 Tesla hits tree and catches on fire https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-killed-fiery-crash-near-005321968.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMdCdMGB4q0
2016 9/10/2016 Austria   S   Car hits sign, catches fire https://electrek.co/2016/09/10/tesla-fire-firefighters-behind-the-scene-disable-battery/  
2016 9/4/2016 Germany       Tesla hits barrier, ignites https://www.heute.at/s/tesla-lenker-ubersah-baustelle-auto-brannte-17059384  
2016 8/15/2016 France   S   Car catches fire durign test drive; bad electrical wiring blamed https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2016/09/bad-electrical-connection-caused-tesla-model-s-fire-in-france.html  
2016 6/21/2016 Denmark     1 Tesla loses control, hits tree, explodes https://www.captain-gadget.de/toedlicher-unfall-tesla-autopilot/  
2016 1/1/2016 Norway       Car at charging station catches on fire https://www.gdv.de/de/themen/positionen-magazin/leicht-entflammt-38800  
2015 6/22/2015 USA CA   1 Tesla drives off cliff and catches on fire https://www.dailynews.com/2015/06/23/man-who-died-in-fiery-malibu-canyon-crash-of-tesla-is-53-year-old-from-calabasas/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTic5kY6Yjw
2014 7/5/2014 USA CA S   Tesla breaks in half and combusts after high speed chase https://gtspirit.com/2014/07/05/tesla-model-s-splits-in-half-and-catches-fire-after-160kmh-police-chase/  
2014 2/14/2014 Canada   S   Tesla spontaneously combusts in garage https://financialpost.com/business-insider/tesla-catches-fire-while-sitting-in-a-toronto-garage  
2013 11/15/2013 USA CA S   Tesla overheats while charging https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-garage-fire-2013-12  
2013 11/6/2013 USA TN S   Hitch tow punctures battery https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/11/07/third-fire-in-tesla-model-s-reported/3465717/  
2013 10/29/2013 Mexico   S   Tesla hits tree https://ecomento.de/2013/10/29/elektroauto-tesla-model-s-erneut-unfall-mit-feuer-mexiko/  
2013 10/3/2013 USA WA S   Debris on road punctures battery https://www.seattletimes.com/business/tesla-says-car-fire-began-in-battery-after-crash/  
2013 10/2/2013 USA MI S   Car hits hits road debris https://lasvegassun.com/news/2013/oct/24/us-tesla-fire/  
                 
                 
                 
                 
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Frequently Asked Questions

What counts as a Tesla fire incident/event?

Any sort of sustained and damaging thermal event contained within or on a Tesla car or product due to thermal runaway, charging station malfunction, external factors such as arson, etc. See the NFPA's 2020 vehicle fire research report for more causes of fires pertaining to electric vehicles like Tesla's.

How do the number of Tesla car fires compare to that of other cars?

There is not a lot of data about the frequency of electric vehicle fires in general, let along Tesla car fires. That said, according to an IIHS noncrash fire report, the relative claim frequencies (i.e. how often an insurance claim is made relative to insured vehicle years) for Model S and X fires that were not the result of a collision or vandalism are the highest of their categories (including ICE cars).