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Teenagers killed in fire after Tesla crashes, battery bursts into flames

Teenagers killed in fire after Tesla crashes, battery bursts into flames

The agency said the investigation will be led by a four-person team.

After Tesla and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had a fallout over the board's investigation into a deadly crash involving a Tesla vehicle on Autopilot, the NTSB is launching yet another investigation into an accident involving a Tesla vehicle.

The NTSB opened an investigation into a fatal vehicle crash involving a Tesla model S that killed two teenagers in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, May 8.

In the event of an accident, eight airbags protect front and rear occupants, and the battery system automatically disconnects from the main power source, Tesla has said previously in promotional materials for the vehicle. The third teenager was thrown out of the vehicle and was rushed to a nearby hospital where his condition is unknown. "It was burning all the way across until it hit the lamp post".

Following another fatal accident in March that involved the car's battery bursting into flames, Tesla reported that the batteries in its vehicles are created to decrease the rate fire spreads, leaving enough time for occupants to exit the vehicle. The 18-year-old was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. The agency said that the investigation will focus on the electric vehicle battery fire.

"NTSB has a long history of investigating emerging transportation technologies, such as lithium-ion battery fires in commercial aviation, as well as a fire involving the lithium-ion battery in a Chevrolet Volt in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration", said in a statement NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. Tesla has said its autopilot capability, which has been linked to previous incidents, was most likely not switched on at the time of impact.

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Before Autopilot was available, Teslas were involved in two high profile fires in 2013, in which drivers ran over metal objects in the road which popped up and punctured the cars' battery packs.

A probe is under way into a fire in a Tesla Model X SUV that crashed on a freeway near Mountain View, California, on March 23.

Immediately after the collision, the vehicle caught on fire and became completely engulfed in flames. The NTSB said it revoked it, while Tesla said it voluntarily chose to remove itself from the party agreement.

"Our thoughts are with the families and friends affected by this tragedy". Everything we have seen thus far indicated a very high-speed collision and that Autopilot was not engaged.

According to the auto company, this was a "very high-speed collision and..."

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