Tesla Model 3 bursts into flames after crash in Moscow

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A Tesla Model 3 auto has crashed once more, this time it collided with a tow truck in Moscow exploding into flames and severely injuring three of a family, the media reported.

Tesla's response also denied malicious intent: "A very small percentage of owners of older Model S and Model X vehicles may have noticed a small reduction in range when charging to a maximum state of charge following a software update created to improve battery longevity".

He said: "I was going along Moscow Ring road in the left lane with a speed of 100kph (62mph) and did not notice a parked GAZelle tow truck". He said he didn't see the vehicle.

Video footages of the auto catching fire and exploding have been circulating on social networking platforms like Instagram. Footage of the incident showed the auto at the side of the road with thick black smoke rising from the vehicle, consumed in a fireball. Two small explosions occurred within a few seconds of each other and the metal frame of the vehicle was all that remained after the fire, TV footage showed.

Footage shown on Russian News Channel Rossiya 24 showed that the only part of the auto remaining after the fire was the metal frame.

All three escaped the vehicle before the blast.

Tretyakov, who is head of the Arikapital investmet company, said he broke his leg in the accident and that his two children suffered minor bruises.

In the past, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has routinely defended the car's Autopilot system.

The company stood by safety claims for its Model 3 last week in the face of regulatory scrutiny, while documents showed the top USA automotive safety watchdog issued at least five subpoenas since past year seeking information about crashes involving the company's vehicles.

It was also revealed that the NHTSA had issued at least five subpoenas requesting more information from Tesla about crashes in which their vehicles were involved, Reuters reported.

The accident took place at around 2100 Moscow time (1800 GMT).

Police said: "The Tesla was probably driving on Autopilot and couldn't recognize the tow truck in front of it, after which it caught fire".

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