Tesla recalls every Model S electric car
TESLA is recalling every Model S electric car it has sold to date, after discovering a fault with a passenger’s seatbelt.
In a statement that was emailed to owners and posted on its website, the company said: “Tesla recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seatbelt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner.
“This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries. However, in the event of a crash, a seatbelt in this condition would not provide full protection.”
The front seatbelts in the Model S are anchored to the outboard lap pretensioner through two anchor plates that are bolted together. But in the car in question the bolt wasn’t properly assembled.
All Model S owners are being asked to schedule a visit to a Tesla service centre for an inspection, although so far there has been only one confirmed instance of the fault.
The all-electric Model S has been on sale since 2012, and combines a 250-mile range between charges with a luxurious interior, seating for up to seven, and the kind of performance you’d expect of a sports car.
There are currently about 90,000 examples of the car on the road, making this the largest ever recall for Tesla, although it has issued recalls before.
The most recent of these was in January 2014, when it updated the software in some Model S cars to prevent the adaptor, cord or wall outlets overheating during a recharge.
In addition to the Model S, Tesla makes the Model X SUV, but this has a different front seatbelt design and isn’t affected. Telegraph.co.uk
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