Car fires prompt Tesla to update battery software

Software update to be rolled out for Model S and Model X cars

Car fires prompt Tesla to update battery software

Tesla has announced that it is to update the battery software in some of its models following two recent incidents in which cars caught fire.

The electric carmaker said it would soon begin rolling out the software update on Model S and Model X vehicles.

It follows reports that a parked car caught fire in Hong Kong, following a similar incident in Shanghai.

While Tesla is still investigating the incidents, the manufacturer said it is taking action “out of an abundance of caution”.

In a statement, Tesla said: “As we continue our investigation of the root cause, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles via an over-the-air software update that will begin rolling out today, to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity.”

Commenting on the incident in Hong Kong, Tesla added: “Our team was onsite to offer support to our customer and establish the facts of this incident.

“We are glad that everyone is safe.”

Just last month, Tesla confirmed it was investigating a video on Chinese social media that appeared to show one of its vehicles bursting into flames in Shanghai.

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