2013 Tesla Model S
The Problem: Tesla redesigned the seat striker plate for the left-hand second-row seat in its Model S electric sedan, which secures the seat in place. However, the new design meant that a different method was used for aligning the striker plate during production, which weakened the bonds and welds holding the striker plate in place. That could allow the seat to move forward in a crash, although Tesla notes that it has no reports of this happening in a customer car, nor any reports of injuries resulting from this problem.
The Fix: Tesla will collect affected Model S sedans from owners, inspect the striker plate and latch mechanism, and install extra bracing to help reinforce the mounting plate. Owners don’t have to visit a Tesla store themselves, and are eligible for a loaner Model S while the repair takes place. The company has also changed its assembly methods and retrained technicians on alignment of the seat striker plate to prevent this problem occurring on future cars.
Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 1228 2013 Tesla Model S sedans built between May 10 and June 8. Cars that are still unsold at the factory have already had the fix applied.
The Model S recall marks the first time Tesla has recalled any cars since 2010, when its first electric car, the Roadster, demonstrated a risk of fire. Tomorrow, Tesla is expected to demonstrate a battery swapping function for the Model S, which could make long journeys easier as owners wouldn’t have to stop and recharge at one of the company’s Supercharger stations.