Transport Canada investigates cause of Vancouver Tesla fire

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(Reuters) – Canada’s auto safety agency said on Friday it was investigating the cause of a Tesla (NASDAQ: NASDAQ: AG) fire in Vancouver that drew attention after drivers struggled to get out of their cars.

Transport Canada said it had let its contracted collision and defect investigation team “find and secure the vehicle” following the May 20, 2021, Tesla Model Y fire in Vancouver.

The agency added that it “has notified Tesla of the incident and is currently arranging for a joint inspection of the vehicle to determine the cause of the fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Reuters on Thursday that it was “aware of this incident and has contacted the manufacturer for information.”

The Electrek website posted a video of the incident in which the owner said he was notified in error and then saw smoke. To get out, the driver said, he “had to smash the window…I kicked the window because everything stopped. The power was out. The door didn’t open. The window didn’t fall.”

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

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