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This undated photo is provided by US National Transportation Safety Board,  (AP)
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US safety board urges automakers to update EV fire response guides

  • The recommendations follow a series of NTSB investigations into four Tesla electric vehicle battery fires since 2017

WASHINGTON: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Wednesday urged automakers to address inadequate vehicle manufacturers’ emergency response guides to address electric vehicle fires.

The recommendations follow a series of NTSB investigations into four Tesla electric vehicle battery fires since 2017, including three high-speed crashes in which the lithium-ion battery reignited after firefighters extinguished the vehicle fires. NTSB said "most manufacturers’ emergency response guides for fighting high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires lack necessary, vehicle-specific details on suppressing the fires." Tesla did not immediately comment.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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