Tesla Motors has announced a partial recall of its Model S luxury sedan, due to a potentially weak mounting bracket for the left, second row seat. Tesla has said that after careful examination, the weakness “reduces our confidence that the left hand seat back will be properly retained in the event of a crash”.
The recall will apparently involve about 800 cars – those manufactured between May 10 and June 8 this year. Tesla has indicated that this is a voluntary recall, no regulatory body has brought the issue to the company’s attention, there have not been customer complaints, there have been no injuries as a result of the fault, and the weakness has not resulted in any detachments on any cars.
Tesla says that all affected owners will be contacted in the next few days. Cars will be picked up from owners, the bracket reinforced, and then returned. In addition, owners will be provided with a Model S loaner if needed.
Tesla has had a streak of good news lately, so some not so good news was bound to come along sooner or later. No doubt the company will be working hard to make this recall as efficient and seamless as possible, as it will not be wanting its eager critics to get a foot in the door after its recent successes. And it will certainly not want any manufacturing issues to hurt future sales. Tesla has prided itself on its quality of design, engineering, and manufacturing, and recent accolades have reflected that.
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