Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Issues A Recall Because Of Mounting Bracket

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has issued a partial recall of the Model S vehicle that were sold to customers between May and June.  The recall is due to the attachment strength of the mounting bracket for the left hand latch of the second row seat.  The strength of the attachment may be weaker than what was intended.

“As designed, the striker bracket is both bonded and welded to the vehicle body, either one of which would be sufficient by itself. This is consistent with the primary design goal of the Model S, which is first and foremost to maximize safety. However, we discovered that, due to body side alignment adjustments in the factory, the bonded section of the joint was compromised and the welded section of the joint was weakened in some cars,” stated Tesla Motors CEO and founder Elon Musk.

There has not been any customer complaints and there are no injuries.  The weld has not actually detached on any of the cars and no regulatory agency brought this issue to the company’s attention.  Tesla issued the recall on their own because of their importance of safety.

The affected Model S owners will be notified in the next few days.  Tesla will arrange for the vehicle to be picked up and have the bracket reinforced.  The car will also be returned to their possession.