In mid-April, a Tesla crashed into a tree in a suburb outside of Houston, and it took firefighters four hours to put out flames fueled by the cars battery pack. When the fire was out, they concluded that neither of the cars two occupants had been in the drivers seat at the time of the crash. A Tesla executive later broke with that official account and claimed that a person had been in the drivers seat. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman later said Tesla was working with the investigation but is not a party to it, a break with typical procedure that suggests a strained relationship between Tesla and regulators.
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