Tesla Issues Voluntary Recall for Every Model S Ever Made

By: Bridget Clerkin November 23, 2015
The recent Tesla recall affects all Model S cars and involves a possible seatbelt defect.
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At this point, the “S” could stand for “Swap,” “Switch,” or “Substitution.”

Electric car company Tesla last week issued a worldwide recall of 90,000 of its Model S sedans—which accounts for every car of this type that the company has so far produced.

The issue involves a possible defect with the cars’ seat belts. It was discovered after an individual reported earlier this month that his safety belt assembly broke when he turned to speak to passengers in the backseat.

While the episode took place in Europe, most of the potentially affected cars were sold in the United States, with some also on the Asian and European markets, according to Tesla.

The incident is the only of its kind to be reported so far, and the company has issued a statement saying no accidents or injuries related to the problem have yet occurred. Still, Tesla has asked all Model S owners to bring their cars to one of the nearly 125 service centers the company has set up around the world so it can investigate the bolt attaching the seat belt mechanism to the car.

This marks the third time that Model S sedan owners have been asked to turn their cars in for tune-ups. Last year, 29,222 of the vehicles were recalled due to an issue with the chargers that could have potentially become a fire hazard, and in 2013, Tesla recalled 1,228 of the cars over an issue that could have negatively affected its second row seating.

The recall also comes on the heels of the Model S being dropped from Consumer Reports’ list of recommended cars after other owners reported problems with replacing the motor and had complaints about the newly added sunroof.

The downgrade seemingly had a significant effect on Tesla’s stock value, which plunged 9.5 percent after the Consumer Reports announcement.

In the wake of the newest recall, the car company’s stock dropped 2.2 percent last Friday.

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