Telsa has experienced a spate of bad luck as of late. Not only have three of its Model S all-electric cars caught fire in the past two months, but an accident at the company's Fremont, Calif., factory caused three employees to be injured by hot metal on Wednesday morning.
"There was a failure in a low-pressure aluminum casting press," Tesla said in a statement e-mailed to CNET. "Three employees were injured by hot metal from that press. We are making sure that they receive the best possible care."
Local firemen said the incident is being described as an "industrial accident" rather than a "fire," according to Reuters.
However, in an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, Telsa CEO Elon Musk maintained that the Model S is the safest automobile on the road. He said that the average rate of fires in gasoline cars is 1 in every 1,300 cars. While, for Tesla, he said it's roughly 1 in every 8,000 cars. This would mean that Teslas are five times less likely to be in a car fire than a gasoline automobile.
"If you read the headlines, it sounds like Teslas have a greater propensity to catch fire than other cars," Musk said. "In reality, nothing could be further from the truth."