May 11, 2018 / 10:48 AM / in 2 years

FACTBOX-Tesla car fire incidents since 2013

(Updates and edits item first filed late on Thursday)

May 11 (Reuters) - Electric carmaker Tesla Inc has seen a number of its vehicles catch fire in the last five years. The latest incident involves a 2014 Tesla Model S crashing and immediately igniting, resulting in the death of two teenagers.

Following a series of fires in 2013, Tesla began outfitting new cars with a triple underbody shield to bring the risk of fire down to "virtually zero," according to a March 2014 blog post written by Chief Executive Elon Musk.

Here is a list of incidents of Tesla vehicles catching fire since 2013:

October 1, 2013 - A Tesla Model S caught fire near Seattle, after the car collided with a large piece of metal debris on the road that punched a hole through the protective armor plating. The driver was not injured. (

October 2013 - A Tesla car crashed through a concrete wall and hit a tree, catching fire in Merida, Mexico. The driver was not injured. (

November 2013 - A Tesla Model S caught fire after the electric car ran over a tow hitch that hit the undercarriage of the vehicle, in Smyrna, Tennessee. The driver was not injured. (

February 2014 - A Tesla Model S caught fire in Toronto, Canada, with the fire originating in the engine area. There were no injuries. (

March 2014 - Following the fires, Tesla cars were outfitted with a triple underbody shield to bring the risk of fire down to "virtually zero", following the car fires of 2013, Elon Musk said in a blog post on March 28, 2014. (

July 2014 - A stolen Tesla Model S crashed into several vehicles and split in half after striking a light pole in West Hollywood, catching fire and leaving the driver in a critical condition, two officers hospitalized and half of the car wedged in a synagogue. (

June 2015 - A 2013 Tesla plunged off a cliff along Malibu Canyon Road, and caught fire killing the 53-year-old driver. (

August 2016 - A Tesla electric car caught fire during a promotional tour in southwest France. No one was injured in the incident. (

November 2016 - A Tesla vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Indianapolis, killing the driver and the passenger. (

March 2017 - A Tesla Model S caught fire at the Jinqiao Supercharger Station in Shanghai, China. No one was harmed in the incident. (

August 2017 - A Tesla vehicle went off road in Lake Forest, California and crashed into a home, igniting a garage fire. The driver in the Tesla was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (

October 2017 - A Tesla Model S caught fire in Austria, after the driver crashed into a concrete barrier at the side of the road. The driver survived the crash. (

March 2018 - A Tesla Model X crashed and caught fire near Mountain View, California. The crash involved two other cars resulting in the death of the 38-year-old Tesla driver at a nearby hospital shortly after the crash.

May 2018 - A 2014 Tesla Model S drove off the road and hit a concrete wall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, immediately catching fire killing two teenagers and injuring another. (Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Sriraj Kalluvila)

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