Tesla Recall Information
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
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