The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating a recent fire in a Tesla Motors electric car.

According to NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, the agency is “collecting data” and talking to the company about the incident. It is still not confirmed if the agency would open a formal investigation into the fire on a highway in Kent, Wash. The vehicle was destroyed by the fire.

The Tesla fire was one of the first things NHTSA’s defects team began looking at when they returned to work last week after the 16-day-government shutdown, Strickland said.

NHTSA wasn’t able to send investigators to the scene to look at the vehicle because of the shutdown.

The agency now is working to review consumer complaints logged during the shutdown. It was forced to halt work on a number of pending investigations.

Source: The Detroit News

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