The SJ Mercury news reported earlier yesterday ( Dec. 19, 2013) that Tesla is fighting furiously to defend itself against allegations that its own wall charging unit caused an Orange county garage to catch fire.
A few days after the report of the garage fire went viral, Tesla released there own statement and findings. Tesla found that the fire was caused on the other side of the wall charger and was no fault of the charger itself. According to Tesla,
The cable was fine on the vehicle side; the damage was on the wall side.Our inspection of the car and the battery made clear that neither were the source
As the cause of the fire was found at the wall socket, it is hard to determine if it was simple faulty wiring or the wall charging unit itself. The Orange County Fire Department has submitted their report and will leave it up to the insurance company and Tesla to give the final word of the cause of the fire.
Although the car itself was not the cause, it has even caused one Jersey Shore condo board to the use of a car charger unit in one of its underground garages shortly after news of this garage fire hit the news. According to Tesla Motor Club forum user 'Amaieseing',
My condo board at the Jersey shore has decreed I have to stop charging at a parking spot in the underground garage of our high-rise building. We've been charging there since late August, and suddenly they say there is a big problem. They cite "danger" and "liability" in their decision, but refuse to show me any evidence of any kind. Although a lack of incidents does not prove safety, I am very curious. If I cannot persuade them, I will have to sell the car.
The engineering and safety of the wall charger unit itself is no question Where plug meets the city grid’s power supply still is a grey area of contention.
Source: SJ Mercury