Tesla Responds to Model S Fires With Battery Software Update

Tesla to update battery software following car fires

Tesla to update battery software following car fires

Hopefully, Tesla's software update, which seems like a temporary safeguard until it figures out the cause of these fires, will prevent another incident from taking place. The already updated software alters the battery charge and thermal management settings to ensure occupant's safety. Hong Kong's Fire Services Department has confirmed it's investigating a fire, without identifying the make of the auto.

In its statement, Tesla said it had a team in Hong Kong to support its customer and establish the facts. "We are glad that everyone is safe".

"We now have well over half a million vehicles on the road, which is more than double the number that we had at the beginning of previous year, and Tesla's team of battery experts uses that data to thoroughly investigate incidents that occur and understand the root cause", the company said in a statement.

The company said it's acting "out of an abundance of caution", insisting the vehicles are 10 times less likely to experience a blaze than their gas-fueled equivalents.

The Hong Kong incident came three weeks after Tesla said it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media that showed a parked Tesla Model S auto exploding in the commercial hub of Shanghai.

There have been at least 14 instances of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, majority following a crash.

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