If the seat belt recall for Tesla Model S sedan is no big deal, then why are they doing it? The company states it’s recalling the cars out of an ‘abundance of caution’.
Tesla Motors is recalling every Model S sedan to check for a potential problem with the front seat belts. Customers can book a free vehicle inspection online or by phone. This recall covers about 90,000 cars, according to Reuters, and any necessary repair should take just a few minutes.
The problem surfaced when one car in Europe had a seat belt assembly break when the driver turned to speak with back-seat passengers. “This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries,” an email to customers said (per law, they’ll also get an official notice by snail mail). “However, in the event of a crash, a seatbelt in this condition would not provide full protection.” The company added that the cost of recalling so many vehicles is “immaterial” as it checks to ensure the restraints are safe.
The Seat Belt Recall For Tesla Model S Is Voluntary
After inspecting over 3,000 vehicles, Tesla decided to take the proactive approach with a voluntary recall to perform a safety check just to be sure.
Tesla stands apart from the rest of the auto industry. It’s younger and smaller than its established competitors, but receives outsized attention. So it’s easy to see why the electric carmaker is eager to get ahead of this problem.
The issue is a front seat belt ‘not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner.’ This prompted Tesla to issue a voluntary recall of every Model S electric vehicle it has sold since 2012.
Seat Belt Recall For Tesla Model S Is Not The First Recall For This Car
The Model S is no stranger to safety issues. In 2014 it recalled 29,000 power adapters that could overheat during charging and start fires; the company also rolled out new software it said would fix the problem. In 2010, the company launched a voluntary recall for some of its Roadster models due a power cable that “chafed against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the vehicle causing a short, smoke and possible fire.”
More Bad News For Tesla
The seat belt recall for Tesla model s sedan followed other bad news for Tesla. A month ago, Consumer Reports downgraded the reliability rating of the Model S. Feedback from 1,400 owners suggested the Model S had ‘worse than average’ reliability. Tesla’s share price dropped on this news and the news of the seat belt recall for the Model S. Consumer confidence remains high, however, because of Tesla’s positive coverage in the media.