At a demo for media in Paris, a Model S went up in smoke. Caught fire, burned itself to a smoldering slag heap.
At a media event (see here). Where – one assumes – there were reporters on hand.
Not much reporting took place.
To find out about this auto da fe it was necessary to dig. It wasn’t brought to the attention of people.
This is curious.
I myself am a car journalist and have attended hundreds of media “reveals” and “ride and drives” for new cars. If at any of these, the new car being demo’d for us had erupted into flames right in front of us, like the Hindenburg at Lakehurst, it would have been a Hindenburg-esque PR nightmare for the car company that built the thing.
But Tesla gets away with building – and selling – cars that are prone to automatic ignition, so to speak. This fire in Paris is not the first Tesla fire. There have been several reported and probably many more not reported.
The fact that this has happened several times suggests a design defect.
Some of you may remember fire-prone Pintos and how that affair was treated by the media – and the government. Tesla fires are treated much differently.
No recalls or even suggestions that the cars be recalled.
Tesla – Elon Musk’s politically correct crony capitalist con operation – can do no wrong. Even when there may be something very wrong with the cars.
This is not unlike a defective gas tank in a conventional car. One that’s prone to leak or not protected adequately. This would be enough to trigger NHTSA investigations, recalls and lawsuits. The Pinto case, for example. Or – a few years later – the GM pick-up “side saddle” tank thing.
But Tesla glides on by… the public’s safety (to borrow a line from JP Morgan) be damned.
They are also prone to crashing into things when their “self driving” technology drives the car like Stevie Wonder might.
If any other car company sold cars with problems like that, there would be Hell to pay.
Billions, at the least.
VW, for instance.
Its cars do not catch fire or crash into things. They merely “cheated” Uncle’s smog tests. Which is like me “cheating” a speed trap by using a radar detector. In both cases no one’s been harmed. No actual living human being has been given so much as a rash by VW’s “cheating” diesels.
The government has merely been affronted – as when we “speed.” And what sane person objects to people “getting away” with that?
So where is the “action” government wowsers are always otherwise tub-thumping for? How come that old croaker Ralph Nader isn’t on TeeVee demanding NHTSA do something about these dangerous cars?
Because it doesn’t fit the Agenda.
Which isn’t Safety.
If it were, Tesla would be forced by government fatwa to cease selling cars immediately and indefinitely (like VW was forced to cease selling its diesels) until the problems were found and fixed. There would almost certainly be a full-scale recall.
But such “action” – while in the interests of the public – would greatly damage the fortunes of Tesla. And that does not fit the Agenda.
The Agenda being to force-feed electric cars down the public’s gullet, regardless of cost, functional problems and even the safety of these things. Hence Tesla (and Musk) can do no wrong. Well, they can – and do. It’s just not reported. Or if it is, it’s not given much coverage and the coverage it is given is very favorable or at least, gentle.
Read – if you can find them – the news stories about the Paris fire. Or the earlier one in Norway. Or the other ones. None contain the hysterical Moms Are Concerned verbiage that would saturate an article about a non-electric Ford or GM or VW (or any other brand) car that auto-ignited or drove into things.
This says a lot, not much of it very good.
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