As we reported a couple of weeks back, Tesla Motors has came under intense media scrutiny from fire that resulted from a Model S colliding with a metallic object in the roadway. As a result, Tesla Motors has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate all three of the recent vehicle fires that involved the Model S.
The point of the investigation is to determine if a Recall is needed to address issues that lead to the fire, or if these types of things are simply just accidents. Tesla is also taking steps of its own to prevent future minor roadway collisions from resulting in damaged undercarriage armor plating by issuing an over-the-air update that will allow the Model S to adjust its suspension height on-the-fly at highway speeds. This will give the car more ground clearance, and will hopefully allow the vehicle to glide over small debris in the road such as disguared trailer hitches, hammers, and scrap metal that may have fallen from vehicles.