Tesla does a partial recall of the Model S electric car

Tesla Model S electric car
© Tesla

Model S vehicles manufactured between May 10th and June 8th, 2013

Those of you who are lucky enough to be Model S owners take note, Tesla is doing a voluntary partial recall on EVs that were manufactured between May 10 and June 8. The reason is that after a careful examination, Tesla's engineers have concluded that: "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."

Tesla Model S Electric car© Tesla

Here's what happened to cause the problem:

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.

Tesla points out that this recall is voluntary and that there has been no customer complaints, no reports of failures, and nothing from regulators. This seems to be only the company being extra careful.

In Tesla fashion, Model S owners can expect the royal treatment:

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.

Who else has service like that these days?

Via Tesla Motors

See also: Tesla to demo battery-swapping later this week!

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