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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.


Tesla Issues First Recall for New Model X

Problem comes as battery-carmaker struggles to ramp up production.

by on Apr.12, 2016

The Tesla Model X displaying its falcon doors.

Already struggling to overcome a series of production start-up problems, Tesla is recalling virtually all of its new Model X battery SUVs, the maker confirmed.

The recall is the result of a faulty latch in the third row that could cause the seats to come loose and fall forward in a crash. The news follows Tesla’s acknowledgement that it has run into a series of problems ramping up production of the Model X which was launched last September, about two years later than originally planned.

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The various problems with the Tesla Model X have raised concerns about the Silicon Valley automaker’s even more ambitious plans for its next offering, the Model 3, which is expected to reach production in late 2017. More than 300,000 potential customers have placed initial, $1,000 deposits for the planned battery sedan since its unveiling on March 31.


Tesla Recalls Every Single Model S for Seat Belt Issue

EV maker says move shows unwavering commitment to owner safety.

by on Nov.23, 2015

Tesla is recalling all 90,000 Model S sedans for a seat belt issue.

Tesla Motors Inc. plans to use the recall of every Model S that it has ever built to highlight its commitment to safety.

The EV maker announced it is recalling all of the 90,000 Model S vehicles that the electric-car company has made after a driver in Europe discovered that her front seat belt became disconnected from the pretensioner.

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“Tesla recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seat belt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner,” the company wrote in an e-mail to customers Friday. “This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries. However, in the event of a crash, a seat belt in this condition would not provide full protection.” (more…)

No Model S Recall, Asserts Tesla CEO Musk

Exec blames "extremely inaccurate" coverage for furor.

by on Nov.12, 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk downplays fire risk.

Despite three recalls and a potential investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk insists “there definitely won’t be a recall” of the maker’s Model S battery-electric vehicle.

Speaking at a conference in New York also broadcast on CNBC, Musk decried as “extremely inaccurate and unreasonable” the reaction to reports of fires that have occurred in three Model S sedans since late September. Concerns about the vehicle’s safety, along with a series of negative reports by analysts following Tesla, have led to a sharp plunge in the maker’s once high-flying stock.

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Musk was responding to growing concerns about a recall meant to address the possibility that the underbelly of the Model S might not be protected enough to prevent damage to the vehicle’s battery pack from road debris – blamed for both the first and third Tesla fires. On Monday, Jonathan Geller, tech editor for outlet BGR, had tweeted that a recall was under consideration.


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.