(Updates and edits item first filed late on Thursday)
May 11 (Reuters) - Electric carmaker Tesla Inc has seen a number of its vehicles catch fire in the last five years. The latest incident involves a 2014 Tesla Model S crashing and immediately igniting, resulting in the death of two teenagers.
Following a series of fires in 2013, Tesla began outfitting new cars with a triple underbody shield to bring the risk of fire down to "virtually zero," according to a March 2014 blog https://medium.com/zteslamotors/tesla-adds-titanium-underbody-shield-and-aluminu m - d e f l e c t o r - p l a t e s - t o - m o d e l - s - 5 4 4 f 3 5 9 6 5 a 0 d post written by Chief Executive Elon Musk.
Here is a list of incidents of Tesla vehicles catching fire since 2013:
October 1, 2013 - A Tesla Model S caught fire near Seattle, after the car collided with a large piece of metal debris on the road that punched a hole through the protective armor plating. The driver was not injured. (https://reut.rs/2KPmDE4)
October 2013 - A Tesla car crashed through a concrete wall and hit a tree, catching fire in Merida, Mexico. The driver was not injured. (https://reut.rs/2KPmDE4)
November 2013 - A Tesla Model S caught fire after the electric car ran over a tow hitch that hit the undercarriage of the vehicle, in Smyrna, Tennessee. The driver was not injured. (https://reut.rs/2KPmDE4)
February 2014 - A Tesla Model S caught fire in Toronto, Canada, with the fire originating in the engine area. There were no injuries. (https://cnb.cx/2jL0UAC)
March 2014 - Following the fires, Tesla cars were outfitted with a triple underbody shield to bring the risk of fire down to "virtually zero", following the car fires of 2013, Elon Musk said in a blog post on March 28, 2014. (https://bit.ly/Zc93lA)
July 2014 - A stolen Tesla Model S crashed into several vehicles and split in half after striking a light pole in West Hollywood, catching fire and leaving the driver in a critical condition, two officers hospitalized and half of the car wedged in a synagogue. (https://bit.ly/2G4cWxO)
June 2015 - A 2013 Tesla plunged off a cliff along Malibu Canyon Road, and caught fire killing the 53-year-old driver. (https://bit.ly/2KMpxJz)
August 2016 - A Tesla electric car caught fire during a promotional tour in southwest France. No one was injured in the incident. (https://dailym.ai/2Kb7qvQ)
November 2016 - A Tesla vehicle crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Indianapolis, killing the driver and the passenger. (https://dailym.ai/2G3JMPr)
March 2017 - A Tesla Model S caught fire at the Jinqiao Supercharger Station in Shanghai, China. No one was harmed in the incident. (https://bit.ly/2wtZbsP)
August 2017 - A Tesla vehicle went off road in Lake Forest, California and crashed into a home, igniting a garage fire. The driver in the Tesla was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (https://bit.ly/2I8f7GN)
October 2017 - A Tesla Model S caught fire in Austria, after the driver crashed into a concrete barrier at the side of the road. The driver survived the crash. (https://dailym.ai/2l2AMoy)
March 2018 - A Tesla Model X crashed and caught fire near Mountain View, California. The crash involved two other cars resulting in the death of the 38-year-old Tesla driver at a nearby hospital shortly after the crash.
May 2018 - A 2014 Tesla Model S drove off the road and hit a concrete wall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, immediately catching fire killing two teenagers and injuring another. (Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Sriraj Kalluvila)