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NEWS: Tesla is recalling certain 2012 Model S vehicles; AIR BAGS
Report Receipt Date: JAN 12, 2017 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V023000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,997 

JANUARY 2017 -- Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2012 Model S vehicles sold, or ever registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the frontal air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Tesla will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2017. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Tesla is recalling certain 2016 Model X vehicles; SEATS 
Report Receipt Date: APR 06, 2016 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V192000 
Component(s): SEATS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,666

APRIL 2016 -- Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain model year 2016 Model X vehicles manufactured September 29, 2015, to March 30, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the third row seat back may move forward under load such as in a frontal collision. As such, the vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems." If the third row seat does not remain in its adjusted position, there may be an increased risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash. Tesla will notify owners, and dealers will replace all affected third row seats, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2016. Tesla's number for this recall is SB-16-13-003. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Tesla is recalling certain 2012-2015 Model S vehicles; SEAT BELTS 
Report Receipt Date: NOV 23, 2015 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V780000 
Component(s): SEAT BELTS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 58,773 

DECEMBER 2015 -- Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain model year 2012-2015 Model S vehicles manufactured May 31, 2012, to November 12, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with driver or front passenger seat belts that may be improperly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner. If the seat belt is not correctly attached to the pretensioner, it may not properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury. Tesla will notify owners, and service centers will inspect the driver and front passenger seat belts, correcting their connection, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 20, 2015. Tesla's number for this recall is SB-15-20-002. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Tesla is recalling certain model year 2013 Model S vehicles; EQUIPMENT 
Report Receipt Date: JAN 13, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V006000 
Component(s): EQUIPMENT 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 29,222 

JANUARY 2014 -- Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain model year 2013 Model S vehicles equipped for, and delivered with, certain NEMA 14-50 (240 volt) Universal Mobile Connector (UMC) adapters. During charging, the adapter, cord, or wall outlet could overheat. An overheated adapter, cord, or wall receptacle, increases the risk of burn injury and/or fire. Tesla will notify owners and provide an "over-the-air" software update. Some owners have already received this update. This update allows the Model S on board charging system to detect any unexpected fluctuations in the input power or higher resistance connections to the vehicle. If detected, the onboard charging system will automatically reduce the charging current by 25%. Tesla owners can verify that they have received the updated software (version 5.8.4 or later) by viewing the vehicle's center information screen. Additionally, Tesla will mail owners a replacement NEMA 14-50 adapter that is equipped with an internal thermal fuse. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Tesla Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Model S electric vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUN 14, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V249000 
Component(s): SEATS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,228 

JULY 2013 - Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain model year 2013 Model S electric vehicles manufactured May 10, 2013, through June 8, 2013. An improper method for aligning the left hand seat back striker to the bracket may have weakened the weld between the bracket and the frame of the vehicle. In the event of a crash, the left hand seat back may not stay mounted, increasing the risk of injury to passengers. Tesla will notify owners, and Tesla Service Centers will inspect the left hand second row strikers. Tesla will add additional mounting hardware to ensure a proper joint between the bracket and the frame, free of charge. The recall began on June 24, 2013. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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OCTOBER 2010 -- Tesla is recalling certain model year 2010 Roadster 2.0 and 2.5 vehicles equipped with a 12V auxiliary cable. The 12V auxiliary cable for the low voltage back up power system may be improperly routed. If the wire is improperly routed, and trapped against the wheel well cover, the wire may abrade against the edge of the carbon fiber armature and, over time, expose the wire. Contact between the bare wire and carbon fiber may cause a short-circuit leading to possible electrical arching. Short circuit and electrical arcing could lead to a fire in the right front headlamp area. Tesla motors will check the routing of the 12V auxiliary cable and install a protective sleeve over the wire free of charge. This will prevent misrouting and pinching by the wheel well cover. The safety recall began on October 31, 2010.   10V-458


NEWS:  Tesla Recalls 439 Roadsters

YAHOO NEWS -- October 15,  2010 –  Tesla Motors has launched a voluntary safety recall of 439 Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5 because of a potential fire risk.

The electric automaker said the recall involves the 12v low-voltage auxiliary cable from a redundant backup system that provides power to various systems, including the headlamps, tail lights, turn signals and hazard lights, and airbags in the event the primary 12V power fails or drops below a minimum threshold value. Located in front of the passenger-side front wheel, behind the headlamp, the 12v low-voltage auxiliary cable is physically isolated from the main battery pack in the rear of the car.

Tesla decided to initiate a recall after the low-voltage auxiliary cable in a single vehicle chafed against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the vehicle, causing a short, smoke and possible fire behind the right front headlamp of the vehicle. This issue is limited to the 12V low-voltage auxiliary cable and does not involve the main battery pack or main power system.

Once aware of this single incident, Tesla said it decided a voluntary recall was an appropriate precautionary measure.

Tesla has informed regulatory agencies of the problem and developed a remedy. The remedy involves checking the routing of the 12V low-voltage auxiliary cable and installing a protective sleeve over it. Tesla's service team has started notifying customers via e-mail and has launched a mailing campaign. Tesla service personnel can perform the repair at customers' homes or offices. The service takes approximately one hour.

This recall does not affect earlier Roadster 1.5 vehicles (VIN ending with 500 or before), since these cars do not include the 12V auxiliary cable in question.


MAY 2009 -- Tesla Motors, Inc. is recalling 345 MY 2008 Tesla Roadster vehicles manufactured between March 2008 and April 22, 2009. The rear hub flange bolts on some of these vehicles may be under-torqued and may become loose. A loose hub could lead to degradation in vehicle handling, and a rubbing noise from the rear of the vehicle. If the problem is not addressed promptly, the driver could lose control of the vehicle, which could lead to a crash. Tesla will notify owners and repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2009. Owners may contact Tesla toll-free at 1-877-888-3752.  09V-178

 
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