Tesla Model S caught on fire in Manchester, Tesla says cause is due to a crash 2 months before the fire Wow, I wouldn't have thought such a minor crash would cause an issue like this. Especially after being repaired. I remember there was a Volt that caught fire early on after being rear ended, but it happened before repairs were done and it was caused by the 12V battery. Chevy changed the design of the rear carpets after that to help prevent it from happening again. I wonder if Tesla will make any changes in this case, or if the insurance try to pursue damages since they disagreed about the cause of the fire.