Tesla Recalls 7,000 Charging Adapters After Two Overheat

Bloomberg Technology – December 6, 2016


Tesla Recalls 7,000 Charging Adapters After Two Overheat

Tesla Motors Inc. said it’s voluntarily recalling about 7,000 adapters for electric-vehicle charging after two reports of overheating that resulted in melted plastic on the plugs. The rarely used item is sold through the company’s online store.

Two customers reported overheating in November, according to an e-mail the company sent to customers Tuesday. No damage besides the melted plastic was reported, and Tesla said it has notified U.S. regulators of its voluntary recall. The accessories were manufactured by an outside supplier and haven’t been sold for at least six months, according to Tesla…

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New Tesla Crashes Shows Need to Recall Tesla’s Autopilot Feature, Consumer Watchdog Says; Musk Resisted German Authorities’ Renaming of “Autopilot” Prior to High-Speed Crash

Cision PR Newswire – December 1, 2016

New Tesla Crashes Shows Need to Recall Tesla’s Autopilot Feature, Consumer Watchdog Says; Musk Resisted German Authorities’ Renaming of “Autopilot” Prior to High-Speed Crash

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A growing list of Tesla crashes demonstrates the urgent need to regulate the vehicles’ “Autopilot” feature, Consumer Watchdog said today, reiterating its call to the California DMV to act and for the company to disable the feature.

Earlier this week a Tesla smashed into a construction barrier truck on the German autobahn while traveling at a high rate of speed and likely with Autopilot engaged. Although the car smashed under the truck, the driver was seriously injured, but not killed…

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NHTSA Investigation into Tesla Accident Ongoing

Washington, D.C. — Oct. 12, 2016 — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a crash centering around the Tesla Model S and its autopilot feature. Business Insider recently included updates on the effort.

The accident took place May 7, and involved 40-year old Tesla driver Joshua Brown, who reportedly collided with a nearby fence when a trailer truck passed in front of him. The autopilot reportedly failed to recognize the oncoming trailer and therefore didn’t press on the brakes. The incident has not prompted a recall as of yet, but an investigation could theoretically lead to further action.

However, a June blog post from Tesla that appeared in the source stated that the NHTSA’s looking into this issue is “simply a preliminary evaluation to determine whether the system worked according to expectations.” The blog also explained that autopilot can only be used with acknowledgement from the user, and is initially not activated in vehicles.

Aside from this, the Tesla Model S has also appeared in recall news due to seat belt problems. A November 2015 recall saw a specific range of vehicles included because seat belts were not connected to the outboard lap pretensioner correctly. The recall included 58,773 vehicles that were potentially subject to the condition.

The fix for this problem required possible reassembly if the front belts in the vehicle aren’t connected. Affected models included Model S units with model years from between 2012 and 2015, with production rates ranging from May 31, 2012, to Nov. 12, 2015. An improperly bolted seat belt anchor could leave passengers insufficiently restrained during an accident, the Part 573 Safety Recall Report said.

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Could Tesla Autopilot Fault Lead to New Recall?

Washington, D.C. — August 15, 2016 — Tesla’s future-facing features have been part of the company’s brand. However, a recent accident has led to a government investigation into one of those prominent features, as part of an action that might eventually trigger a recall.

In a recent blog post, the NTSB described the original accident that launched this investigation, which dates back to May 7, 2016. According to this source, the case involved a 2015 Tesla Model S. The driver was reportedly using multiple automated systems in the vehicle while it was in motion, including automatic breaks and “Traffic-Aware Cruise Control.”

It was traveling on US-27A in Florida and going approximately 74 miles per hour where the speed limit was 65 miles per hour. This vehicle struck a truck with a 53-foot trailer, with the driver of the Tesla perishing in the accident. The rear of the Tesla was greatly affected, with the back window being crushed in the process.

USA Today quoted AutoTrader Senior Analyst Michelle Krebs on the action the car company can take with this investigation in motion.

“Tesla might want to consider a voluntary recall or stop sale on its vehicles equipped with the Autopilot feature,” Krebs said. “Self-driving vehicles hold much promise for improving road safety, but more work is needed with the technology, regulations and consumer confidence, which could be shaken by accidents like this.”

Last year, a recall involving the 2015 Model S affected 58,773 vehicles. The NHTSA Recall Acknowledgement letter said it involved incorrectly secured front seat belts, one that could potentially fail to keep an occupant restrained during a crash. The source said the connection would require a dealer inspection to ensure performance and fix the outboard lap pretensioner as needed.

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Tesla Recalls Model X Vehicles

Palo Alto, CA — May 12, 2016 — Weak seating in around 2,700 Model X vehicles have led to a Tesla recall. According to Forbes, the affected vehicles contain lackluster seats that could fold in on themselves in the event of a crash.

This represents a possible safety risk, so the company is conducting a voluntary action to address the problem quickly. The source adds that Tesla hopes to complete the recall-related repairs within five weeks, during which time vehicle owners should avoid using their third row seats. The recall will address Model X vehicles that were specifically built before March 26.

The Los Angeles Times published part of the email sent to Model X owners regarding the issue and what the manufacturer has done about it so far.

“We are emailing to inform you of a proactive action Tesla is taking to ensure your safety as a Model X owner,” the message reportedly says. “Tesla’s internally conducted crash testing demonstrates that Model X will be the first SUV to receive the highest safety rating in every category, and we are committed to ensuring that it remains the safest SUV in the world.”

The Times also quoted Tesla’s sales head John McNeil, who said that there were no reported issues connected to his company’s vehicles. He stressed the voluntary nature of the recalls, intended to show the business’ interest in better safety.

A pair of complaints listed with the National Highway Traffic safety Administration noted other issues related to the 2016 Model X, particularly claims of “faulty latches” that allow the doors to spring open unexpectedly. One complaint filed on March 17 lists “rear seats not in place” as one of many problems, such as a depression in the rear seat.

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Tesla Motors issues comprehensive Model S recall [Video]

Although no related injuries have yet been reported, Tesla Motors is spearheading an all-encompassing recall for every Model S sedan due to a faulty seat belt. Owners will be able to schedule a repair appointment to fix possible seat belt problems.

This voluntary action concerns 90,000 vehicles and is the largest Tesla Motors recall so far, according to USA Today. As of November 20, Tesla’s investigations had only discovered one vehicle with seat belt issues, the model in Europe that sparked concerns over these systems in the first place. Owners were notified via email earlier this month.

Owners could also test for the problem themselves by pulling lap portions of seatbelts with at least 80 pounds of force, although this isn’t a substitute for an official inspection, the source said. This inspection is expected to only take six minutes.

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