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Tesla Recalls All Its 90,000 Model S Because of Front Seat Belt Problem Found in One Car

It’s safety that is of the utmost importance for any carmaker these days. After major recalls that involved even fatal accidents, it truly is better to be safe than sorry. Tesla is recalling all its premium electric sedans for just one faulty car they discovered in Europe. But should owners worry about their safety?
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It may be Saturday, but for Tesla Motors it feels more like a busy Monday morning, and that’s just the beginning.

“We are sending you this email to inform you of a proactive action Tesla is taking to ensure your safety. Tesla recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seat belt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner.”

As a short reminder, a modern seatbelt retracts forcefully to adjust occupants into a safer seating position when the airbags deploy thanks to the pretensioner. 

The company's statement was sent to its customers less than 24 hours before the moment of writing this. As the message clearly indicates, nobody was injured due to the issue, but that did not stop the company from recalling all its Model S ever produced.

Sure, 90,000 cars may not seem like a big deal for an industry that has heard of millions of vehicles being sent back to the factory before.

Let’s see, Toyota recalled 2 million for fire hazard. Volkswagen was ordered to recall 2.4 million cars at home solely, not to mention all the other millions it’ll have waiting at its factory’s doors in the months to follow. Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles recalled 2 million Ram Trucks due to faulty airbags, and one must not forget about Takata or GM’s ignition switch enormous problems.

Tesla Motors is a small company compared to these giants; it can’t afford messing up. Nevertheless, say you are a Model S owner, are you safe driving it? Well, according to the statement mentioned above, you can rest assured. Tesla’s engineers have checked 3,000 units of the same model and have found nothing worrying. So far, it was just that one car that had a problem, yet the company wants to be 100% sure.

Even though we have since inspected the seat belts in over 3,000 vehicles spanning the entire range of Model S production and found no issues, we have decided to conduct a voluntary recall as a proactive and precautionary measure to inspect all front Model S seat belts and make absolutely sure that they are properly connected. (We have no concerns regarding seat belts in the rear of Model S).”


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