Tesla recalls Model S vehicles over safety concerns

Summary:Tesla's CEO has warned that a number of Model S cars have safety flaws, although no accidents have yet been reported.

Tesla plans to recall a number of Model S cars over mounting bracket safety worries.

In a blog post Wednesday, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk says that some Model S cars manufactured between May 10, 2013 and June 8, 2013 may contain parts that will not hold up in an accident.

The CEO says that the attachment strength of the mounting bracket for the left hand latch of the second row seat may be "weaker than intended," and due to body side alignment adjustments in the factory, bonded sections in the joint have been compromised.

The number of vehicles potentially affected has not been revealed, although estimates based on shipping figures suggest around 800 cars will be brought in for fixes. Musk emphasizes that there have been no customer complaints or injuries caused by the flaw. In addition, no regulatory agency brought the problem to Tesla's attention -- but the company prefers to err on the side of caution.

As a result, affected Model S owners will be contacted in the next few days to have their cars picked up and brackets reinforced, and customers will be granted a car on loan if required.

Earlier this month the U.S. government asked Chrysler to voluntarily recall 2.7 million Jeeps over fuel tank fire concerns, but the car maker refused, insisting the cars are safe. Last year, Toyota was forced to recall 2.7 million vehicles worldwide due to steering wheel and water pump flaws.

Via: Tesla

Image credit: Tesla


This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation


Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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