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Tesla Recalling Half of All Cars It Has Ever Built

Latest setback affects half of all vehicles company has ever built.

by on Mar.30, 2018

Tesla's Model S has now faced three recalls.

Tesla has announced that it is recalling 123,000 Model S sedans, almost half of all the vehicles it has produced since going into business.

The move, signaled by a letter sent to customers Thursday, was triggered by problems with steering bolts that could cause the failure of the power steering system on vehicles built prior to April 2016.

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This is at least the third instance in which Tesla had to recall a sizable share of its products due to a safety-related problem. Service actions have become more commonplace in recent years as manufacturers have come under pressure to quickly address safety problems. But the new Tesla move is significant both for its size and due to the fact that the automaker has been experiencing a series of setbacks, including the loss of roughly a third of its value in the stock market in recent weeks.


New Tesla Fire Fans Concerns About Model S Safety

Blaze consumes Toronto owner’s garage.

by on Feb.14, 2014

Toronto firefighters examine damage after extinguishing a fire involving a Tesla Model S. Image courtesy:

Just days after Tesla stock hit an all-time record another fire involving the battery-car maker’s Model S is raising new safety concerns.

The latest battery blaze occurred in Toronto after the owner returned from a drive and parked the electric sedan in their garage.  Moments later, the owner’s fire detector reportedly went off and the fire department was called to the scene.

The incident is the fourth reported fire involving a Model S in recent months, including two in the U.S. and another in Mexico.  The earlier incidents raised questions about the safety of the Model S design and initially triggered a sharp decline in Tesla’s soaring stock price.  Shares had been recovering in recent weeks but took a tumble again on Friday.

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“In this particular case, we don’t yet know the precise cause, but have definitively determined that it did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, as these components were untouched by the fire,” said Tesla in a statement that insisted, “The Model S continues to have the best safety track record of any vehicle in the world.”


Tesla Announces Model S Recall

Mis-welded seats can come loose in crash.

by on Jun.19, 2013

The Tesla Model S suffers its first recall.

While it may be a painful process, one of the real measures of whether an automaker has made it into the big leagues is when it has to recall some of its products.

And while the announcement by Tesla is miniscule compared to the 2.7 million Jeeps being recalled – or covered by a less “service action” – it’s nonetheless a significant step for the California-based battery-car start-up.

Tesla Motors issued a terse release early this morning announcing it would recall 1,228 of the Model S battery cars it has built during the second quarter due to a defect in the mounting bracket of the rear seat.

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“This reduces our confidence that the left hand seat back will be properly retained in the event of a crash,” wrote Tesla founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk in a statement posted to the company website.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a passenger could be seriously injured if a seat were to come loose in a crash.