Tesla Motors recalls 90,000 Model S cars over a seat belt issue

By Money Times

Nov 23, 2015 07:59 PM EST

Luxury vehicles as much as possible are perfectly manufactured from every angle to maintain company's repute and market. Tesla, despite being relatively small as compared to automakers, cares more about its repute. Even a single fault discovered in its luxury vehicles isn't tolerated.

According to Business Insider, CEO Elon Musk aims to change the world, not by merely selling the cars but lifting our dependence on fossil fuels. This high ambition makes Tesla very sensitive about even minor details f its luxury cars and even celebrates its every new introduction into the market, as it did recently with the Model X SUV

On Friday, over a minor safety flaw, the automaker recalled its entire Model S sedan fleet, 90,000 cars globally. The company received a complaint in Europe, about the failure of a seat belt in one Model S. Although, there were no injuries, Tesla decided to inspect and fix every single model S since its launch.

The Guardians mentioned the statement of the company, "Tesla recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seat belt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner."

It added, "This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries. However, in the event of a crash, a seat belt in this condition would not provide full protection."

The company received a negative Consumer Reports, which in an assessment of the $69,900 Model S claimed that it had "too many problems to recommend". The assessment was a part of its annual auto reliability survey, in which it received responses from 1,400 Model S owners.

"The main problem areas involved the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, giant iPad-like center console, and body and sunroof squeaks, rattles, and leaks," wrote the group in its analysis. 

According to the Detroit News, when a European customer told Tesla about the problem, the company issued the recall, which Tesla vice-president of business development Diarmuid O'Connell called "an abundance of caution".

Following only one complaint, all Model S owners are being encouraged to visit Tesla service centre for an inspection, as reported by Telegraph. The all-electric Model S has been stealing market since 2012 with a 250-mile range between charges with a luxurious interior, seating for up to seven, and sports car performance.

Currently, there are around 90,000 Model S cars available on the road and this makes this incident as the largest ever recall for Tesla.

Previously, Tesla launched a recall for one of its cars in January 2014 in which a software to prevent the adapter, cord or wall outlets overheating during a recharge was updated in some Model S cars.  

The price range of Model S is from £57,335 to £89,435. From the early 2016 UK sales, the price for Model X would start at about £65,000. A more affordable car, the Model 3, is due to be launched at the Geneva motor show in March.

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