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In the wake of fires, Tesla releases suspension software, while watchdog starts probe

on November 22, 2013

Gigaom

Electric car maker Tesla Motors (s TSLA) has recently faced three accident-related fires within a six week period. And while Tesla CEO Elon Musk has maintained that its Model S car is far safer than a gasoline car (5 times even), on Tuesday Musk announced via a blog post that it is taking three steps to address this issue and also give customers more coverage.

First off Tesla says it is releasing an over-the-air software update for the air suspension of the Model S that will increase the ground clearance at highway speeds. At least two of the accidents were due to a Model S driving over a metal object at high speed, which punctured the battery pack on the car’s underside and caused a fire.

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Some have speculated that Tesla should reinforce the battery pack with a shield, or harder metal, which could protect the battery pack…

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