Tesla recalls vehicles
Telsa is recalling more than 158,000 Model S cars due to two potential safety issues involving the vehicles’ seat belts and airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall includes all Model S vehicles manufactured before April 2016 and sold in the United States. The company will contact all affected owners directly, with the seat belt issue affecting an estimated 2,700 Model S sedans in the U.S., and the airbag issue affecting about 2,600 of them.
The Tesla Model S
Many reviewers and Tesla owners agree that it’s one of the safest and most technologically advanced cars on today’s roads. However, a problem with battery design is prompting Tesla to recall more than 158,000 Model S vehicles worldwide. This news is somewhat surprising considering how safe these vehicles are said to be. But it also serves as a reminder that all new technology comes with some risk. The root of Tesla’s Model S recall lies in an issue with cooling fans overheating after friction caused by debris builds up within them.
When engineers examined a small number of damaged cooling fans and compared them to working units in a lab, they found signs of wear that could only have come from debris.
Tesla estimates that roughly 2% of its Model S vehicles experience issues with their cooling fans over time. While that doesn’t sound like much, it’s important to remember how many Tesla Model S vehicles there are on roads around the world: more than 300,000 at last count.
The Model X
Tesla has asked owners of their Model X vehicles to return their cars to have a faulty part replaced. The issue involves third-row seats which could fold forward on top of passengers during certain collisions. The manufacturer is asking that affected owners use extreme caution when using their vehicles until they can be serviced.
Tesla told NBC News in a statement that it’s working on an improved third-row seat design and expects that new parts will begin rolling out over the next six months. In total, 150 Model X SUVs and 8 Model S sedans are included in Tesla’s latest recall—that’s approximately 158,000 vehicles globally.
In total, 150 Model X SUVs and 8 Model S sedans are included in Tesla’s latest recall—that’s approximately 158,000 vehicles globally. In response to NBC News’ request for comment on Thursday, a Tesla spokesperson said: There have been no injuries related to folding seats in either an accident or by customers intentionally folding their seats. The probability of injury is low and consistent with many other vehicles on the road.
Tesla’s first vehicle was a 2-seat sports car with falcon doors—which means it opens vertically and like a bird. The Roadster can go from 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds and can travel more than 245 miles on a single charge. It originally cost $110,000—but because production ended in 2012 (and demand was so high), Tesla no longer manufactures new Roadsters.
Tesla started taking orders for its third vehicle—the Model S—in 2008 and it first hit roads in 2012. At just under $70,000 (£56,000), it’s much more affordable than Tesla’s first vehicle.
And with a range of 265 miles on a single charge, drivers can cover even more distance. In fact, drivers who own a Model S often use it as their primary vehicle instead of their second one because of its reliability and convenient charging options.
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