Battery packs of electric cars manufactured by Tesla have demonstrated significant risks of ignition and re-ignition. The most recent incident occurred in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 18th, when a battery pack ignited after a high speed collision, causing a fire that killed two young men and left another injured.
After the fire was extinguished, the battery was loaded onto a truck, only for the battery to reignite within the hour. Later in the day, the battery again caught fire in a junk yard, posing a significant health risk to anyone coming into contact with the device. Proper protocols for dealing with these batteries have yet to be developed in many jurisdictions, as electric vehicles are still rare in some areas.
This is not the first incident of an electric car battery catching fire multiple times. The battery of a Tesla involved in a March 23rd, 2018 accident in California caught fire five days after being removed from the vehicle. Indications are that once one of these batteries is compromised, it poses on ongoing risk of fire.
Research is still being done to determine whether or not electric cars are more or less likely to catch fire than their gasoline powered counterparts. What is clear from the data so far is that once an electric car battery catches fire, it runs the risk of continuing to catch fire until it is completely and properly disposed.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, it is important to recognize that many car manufacturers sell vehicles without being sure about the safety profile of their creation. Please, consider speaking with an experienced attorney regarding your case to ensure that the manufacturer is held responsible for any corners they may have cut.