Published on June 19th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla Issues Partial Recall Of Model S

June 19th, 2013 by  

tesla-model-s-whiteThings can’t go right for anyone all the time. Tesla’s had a streak of good news lately, but it just ran into one problem — Model S vehicles manufactured between May 10 and June 8 of this year “may contain a defect.” There haven’t actually been any customer complaints, but being extra cautious, Tesla is ordering a partial recall. Here’s the full article published today from Tesla CEO & Chairman Elon Musk:

After a careful examination, we have concluded that some Model S vehicles manufactured between May 10, 2013 and June 8, 2013 may contain a defect. Specifically, the attachment strength of the mounting bracket for the left hand latch of the second row seat could be weaker than intended. This reduces our confidence that the left hand seat back will be properly retained in the event of a crash.

As designed, the striker bracket is both bonded and welded to the vehicle body, either one of which would be sufficient by itself. This is consistent with the primary design goal of the Model S, which is first and foremost to maximize safety. However, we discovered that, due to body side alignment adjustments in the factory, the bonded section of the joint was compromised and the welded section of the joint was weakened in some cars.

We do not wish to cause undue alarm, so it is perhaps worth clarifying that:

  • The weld has not actually detached on any car
  • There have been no customer complaints
  • We are not aware of any injuries or near injuries
  • No regulatory agency brought this to our attention

However, given the paramount importance of safety, we would like to reinforce the left striker bracket on cars produced during this period. This work has already been performed on cars that were in the factory, so the recall applies only to cars delivered in mid to late May and early June.

Affected Model S owners will be contacted in the next few days and we will arrange for their car to be picked up, the bracket reinforced and the car returned to their possession. To be clear, the Model S does not need to be brought to our service center by the owner. Tesla will pick up the car at a location of the owner’s convenience, provide a Model S loaner if needed, perform the work and bring the car back to the owner a few hours later.

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  • A Real Libertarian

    Ah… where’s Concern Troll?

    She should be here explaining about how although she supports electric cars this proves beyond any doubt that EVs are just toys and Tesla will go bankrupt and Solyndra shows all green tech are scams and the government can’t pick winners and losers and shouldn’t be providing subsides except for oil gas coal and nukes for reasons that totally have nothing to do them being rich and powerful and blah-dee-blah-dee-blah…

    So where is she? Unless she got downsized by the Koch Bros?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Perhaps an asthma attack has taken her out of circulation.

      Coal smoke. Inhale some today. Support your favorite brothers.

  • Wayne Williamson

    Now I call that service…..deliver a loaner…take the car and fix it…deliver the fixed product…

    • eject

      If they do it as Elon laid out before you will actually get a fully equipped loaner no matter what configuration of the Model S you have and if you wish you can keep the loaner (paying the difference of course).

      • RobS

        Will be very interesting to see how many people who have had their car a week or two decide to upgrade to the top range and performance loaner vehicle. I suspect a lot bought the 60kwh thinking it would be a commuter vehicle but may well want the P85 for better roadtrip capabilities.

        • eject

          the small one didn’t make it into production since it only accounted for 2% of preorders

          • RobS

            That was the 40kwh, and they honored what orders they got by giving them a 60kwh vehicle software limited to 40kwh. So in the future those 40kwh owners can simply pay the difference and Tesla can remotely unlock the full 60kwh, a very good deal.

  • Matt

    Let me guess, when they return the car it is fully charged.

  • arne-nl

    I find this news positive. It shows Tesla is growing up.

    There was never a question as to whether Tesla would have to do a recall. All manufacturers do, no exceptions. It was only a question of when would be the first one.

    This is not a very serious or costly issue and they didn’t wait for customers to discover the problem but acted proactively and professionally.

    • Very good points. 😀

    • Bob_Wallace

      Unlike Chrysler who has been fighting issuing a recall and repair for their vehicles which have been burning people up in accidents when hit from the rear.

      Shows massive corporate smarts on the part of Tesla to me. Don’t screw around, get out in front of a problem before it becomes a real problem. Fix it. Treat your customers like customers you’d like to keep around for repeated business.

  • Amber Archangel

    Good to know!

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