On November 24, Subia Ahmad’s husband was driving their 2015 Model S when he heard loud bangs coming from it. According to Subia, Usmaan Ahmad pulled over immediately to see what the noise was and soon after his Model S was in flames. On December 12, Subia asked for explanations.
The Frisco Fire Department was quickly on scene and managed to put out the fire before the car burned completely. Subia took several pictures of the vehicles damage to document the incident. In the pictures it is clear that majority of the damage was to the passenger side. Luckily Usmaan ran this particular errand solo.
So far, no cause has been determined, but the Ahmad’s believe “the car battery exploded” according to a tweet from December 12th.
Tesla is currently being sued for allegedly trying to cover up a battery pack defect that presents a fire risk. In August of 2019, a video surfaced of a Model S that caught fire in a parking lot in Shanghai. Following the fire, Tesla announced software updates 2019.16.1 or 2019.16.2 for the sedan and also for the Model X that would cap the cells’ voltage to avoid a thermal runaway. Unfortunately for the EV giant, the update also lessened the EVs ranges leading owners to file a lawsuit against the California-based company.
After the lawsuit was filed, one owners lawyer required NHTSA to perform a battery investigation which started last November. The agency said Ahmad’s Model S could be another case of “non-crash fire.”