Upstart American electric car company Tesla has announced that they will be recalling some of their 2013 Model S electric sedans, making this the first one for the Model S in their brief history, having recalled their previous vehicle, a two-seat roadster based on the outgoing Lotus Elise, twice. More specifically, they’ll be recalling 1,228 of them that were produced between May 10 to June 8, 2013.
The Tesla recall is for a defect in the mounting bracket in the rear seat. According to their outspoken Chief Executive Elon Musk, the defect was discovered after body side alignment changes that occurred at the factory, had in fact weakened the bracket. A factory worker had noticed the defect, and had reported it to their managers, per a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Also in the report, Tesla had stated that they felt that approximately 20 percent of the vehicles being recalled could have welds that may not be able to withstand an accident.
Although the defect was caught quickly, and there were no accidents or injuries to report as of this writing, per a statement on their company website from Musk himself, “This reduces our confidence that the left hand seat back will be properly retained in the event of a crash”. The defect could increase the risk of the rear-seat occupants being injured in the event of an accident.
The latest Tesla recall will have their technicians inspect and reinforce the bracket. If you own one of these vehicles, and would like more information, or to schedule a service appointment, you may contact your local Tesla dealer.
Source: Automotive News