Actress Mary McCormack is warning anyone who drives a Tesla that the popular electric car may have some safety issues, which her husband experienced firsthand when his Tesla caught on fire while driving in L.A. on Friday.
In a short video the “Falling Water” star shared on Twitter, flames could be seen shooting out from the undercarriage of the car as smoke billowed.
“This is what happened to my husband and his car today,” she wrote in the tweet, tagging Tesla’s Twitter account. “No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him.”
A Tesla spokesperson has since said in a statement to ET Canada: “This is an extraordinarily unusual occurrence, and we are investigating the incident to find out what happened.
“Our initial investigation shows that the cabin of the vehicle was totally unaffected by the fire due to our battery architecture, which is designed to protect the cabin in the very rare event that a battery fire occurs.
“While our customer had time to safely exit the car, we are working to understand the cause of the fire. We’re glad our customer is safe.”
The comments come after McCormack answered an array of her Twitter followers’ questions, explaining that it wasn’t a self-driving Tesla, just “a normal Tesla.” She also wrote that the car was “barely moving in traffic” at the time it spontaneously burst into flame.
McCormack added that she and her husband — director/producer Mark Morris — have yet to receive any response from the auto manufacturer founded by Elon Musk.