Tesla fires have caught the attention of federal investigators. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a safety probe to determine the severity of fire risks in Tesla Model S vehicles. 

Last month, the agency announced that it would not conduct a probe on Tesla vehicles because there was no evidence that the fires were caused by a problem with the car. However, when the third dramatic Tesla fire occurred earlier this month, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland determined it's a sign of a possible issue. In two of the three incidents, the Tesla fires occurred when the Model S stuck a piece of metal debris on the road. "Two being a trend, we clearly saw some issues," said Strickland.

Despite the high profile coverage of the three Tesla fires, it is important to note that none of the accidents resulted in injury. In defense to the media attack, Tesla CEO Elon Musk presented facts: no one has been  hurt or killed in a Tesla Model S accident. Fires occur about one-fourth as often as conventional gasoline-powered vehicles. There has been three reported fires among 19,000 Model S vehicles on the road, translating to just 1/6,300. In comparison there are 250 million cars and trucks, 172,500 of which were involved in fires, translating to 1/1,450. 

"There's no reason," said Elon Musk on the suggestion for a recall. "If you read the headlines, it sounds like Teslas have a greater propensity to catch fires than other cars. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth."

In response to all the critics, Elon Musk shared a series of tweets today to address the Tesla fires:


Now it's your turn: do you think the NHTSA is right to launch a safety probe on Tesla Model S? Is Tesla Motor CEO Elon Musk ignoring his product's hazards? Let us know in the comment box below: