Three workers were injured at Tesla Motors’ plant in California on Wednesday, after a low pressure aluminum casting press failed, the U.S. automaker said.
“There was a failure in a low pressure aluminum casting press. Three employees were injured by hot metal from that press. We are making sure that they receive the best possible care, ” Tesla’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean said after the incident.
“Three employees were taken to Valley Med with second-degree burns”, Peter Melton, a spokesman for the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health said shortly after.
Tesla’s shares began to fall shortly after the announcement after 3 p.m. but at this moment are up +0.65% at $138.70.
The announcement comes days after a Model S catch fire on a Tennessee freeway after its owner said he ran over a trailer hitch loose in the road at about 113 km/h.
Problem is that it was the third fire affecting a Model S in just over a month.
Tesla sold about 18,000 Model S units since the automaker introduced the vehicle in 2008.
Elon Musk, the billionaire founder and CEO of Tesla Motors said the vehicle is extremely safe. “We’ve never had a serious injury or death in any of our cars,” Musk noted.