Chinese authorities have ordered a number of car manufacturers to conduct safety checks on their electric vehicles following a recent spate of fires involving Tesla and NIO vehicles.
According to CXLive, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the directive on Monday, requiring companies to check vehicles in inventories and those which have been sold for possible safety flaws related to battery boxes, waterproof protection, high-voltage wiring harnesses, and onboard charging devices.
Car manufacturers are required to submit their findings by the end of October, Yahoo reports.
In April, video emerged showing a Tesla Model S explode and catch fire while sitting in an underground parking lot in Shanghai. This immediately triggered an investigation from the Californian car manufacturer, but findings have yet to be published. Less than one month later, another Model S caught fire while sitting in a parking lot in Hong Kong, prompting Tesla to introduce an over-the-air battery software update to adjust battery settings.
More recently, a NIO ES8 SUV caught fire while undergoing routine maintenance at an authorized repair facility. An investigation from the electric automaker revealed that the fire was triggered by a battery short circuit.
Last year there were more than 40 fire-related incidents involving new-energy vehicles in China and more than 130,000 cars were recalled as a result. Not even Audi is immune to fire risks with its brand new e-Tron SUV, as it recently announced a voluntary recall due to a risk that moisture can seep into the battery cell through a wiring harness glitch and spark a fire.