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, please submit it via the form here.

Total Tesla Fires as of : ### | Fatalities Involving a Tesla Car Fire Count: 30

Latest update: Backlog updates and new fires added.

Year
Date
Country
State
Make / Product
Fatalities
Description
Source
Additional media
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 3   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 2/25/2022 Canada   3   Tesla combusts while in defrost mode https://twitter.com/SparrowMarc/status/1497334924671688705      
2022 1/14/2022 Canada       Tesla burns on street https://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-news/2022/01/17/tesla-destroyed-fire-south-bruce-opp-investigate/    
2022 1/8/2022 Denmark   3 Tesla's   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 12/6/2021 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      
2021 11/26/2021 USA PA     Spontaneous ignition that spreads to house https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/tesla-catches-fire-flames-spread-home-pennsylvania      
2021 11/24/2021 USA PA     Car ignites while charging 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 ≥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 9/28/2021 Luxembourg   X   Car at service center ignites  
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://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 9/29/2021 USA CA     Three accident causes Tesla to catch on fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daxDHkWB1zo&t=92s  
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/  
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 9/24/2019 USA   ~6 Tesla's on a carrier   Car carrier carrying Tesla's catches on fire https://www.plainsite.org/dockets/4lohqa4x0/michigan-eastern-district-court/rpm-freight-systems-llc-v-k1-express-inc/  
2019 7/31/2019 Germany   S   Tesla spontaneously catches on fire while parked on street  
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 spontaneously catches on fire while parked https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Tesla-Vehicle-Catches-Fire-in-Los-Gatos-503080661.html  
2018 6/15/2018 USA CA S   Car spontaneously catches on fire on side of road https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/accidentreports/pages/hwy18fh014-preliminary.aspx  
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 5/8/2018 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   USA   3   Unknown fire damage https://cardisclose.com/5YJ3E1EA8JF011207-VIN https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dx11R9UX0AAZo7b.jpg
2017 12/14/2017 Sweden   8   Service center with several cars burns up https://electrek.co/2017/12/14/tesla-new-store-sweden-fire/
 
2017 8/25/2017 USA CA     Tesla crashed into garage https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/pages/HWY17FH013.aspx  
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 3/4/2017 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   2 Indianapolis fire https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2016/11/03/2-killed-fiery-tesla-crash-near-downtown/93227456/  
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 9/4/2016 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  
2015 6/22/2015 USA CA   1 Tesla drives off cliff and catches on fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTic5kY6Yjw
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 10/18/2013 Mexico   S   Car hits raised pedestrian crossing https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/second-tesla-model-fire-sparked-crash-mexico-141237816.html  
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/  
                 
  Total cases: 75            

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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).