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2013 Tesla Model S Recalled for Seat Problem


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Just the Facts:
  • Tesla Motors is recalling 1,228 2013 Tesla Model S sedans because the left-hand seatback may not stay mounted in a crash.
  • Tesla said it is not aware of any complaints, accidents or injuries linked to the recall.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a company blog post that affected Model S owners will be contacted in the next few days and the company will arrange to have their cars picked up for repairs.

WASHINGTON — Tesla Motors is recalling 1,228 2013 Tesla Model S sedans because the left-hand seatback may not stay mounted in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"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," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "In the event of a crash, the left-hand seat back may not stay mounted, increasing the risk of injury to passengers."

The affected vehicles were built from May 10, 2013 through June 8, 2013.

Tesla told federal safety regulators that the problem is isolated only to the revised left-hand striker bracket design and does not affect the previous design or the right-hand side striker bracket.

"Tesla has revised assembly procedures and retrained manufacturing technicians in the proper method of second-row seat striker-mount assembly," the company said in documents filed with NHTSA.

Tesla said it is not aware of any complaints, accidents or injuries linked to the recall.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a company blog post that affected Model S owners will be contacted in the next few days and the company will arrange to have their cars picked up for repairs.

"To be clear, the Model S does not need to be brought to our service center by the owner," Musk wrote. "Tesla will pick up the car at a location of the owner's convenience, provide a Model S loaner if needed, perform the work and bring the car back to the owner a few hours later."

Tesla Service Centers will inspect the left-hand second-row strikers and add additional mounting hardware to ensure a proper joint between the bracket and the frame. Owners can contact Tesla at 1-650-681-5000.

Edmunds says: Tesla is trying to make this recall as convenient as possible for Model S owners.

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