Tesla will recall all 90,000 units of the Model S sold to date because of a potential problem with the cars’ seatbelts. The problem affects the pre-tensioner for the front seats only, which Tesla says “would not provide full protection” in certain crashes.
Earlier this year, a Tesla Model S in Europe was found to have a seatbelt problem wherein the belt wasn’t properly connected to the pre-tensioner system. Tesla says this is the only reported incident of this happening, and that the car was not involved in a crash and and that nobody was injured as a result of the problem. Nonetheless, the company will recall its electric car “as a proactive and precautionary measure.”
Since the problem was detected in Europe, Tesla has inspected 3,000 Model S sedans and found no problems with their seatbelts. Tesla has not said that the Model S is unsafe to drive, just that its seatbelts should be inspected as soon as possible. Tesla has “no concerns” about the rear seatbelts.
Tesla has recalled the Model S several other times, including in December 2013 for loose seat mounting brackets and in January 2014 for wiring issues with its home chargers. Tesla also added special titanium shields to the cars’ underbodies in 2014 to prevent fires from road debris puncturing the battery pack.
As of writing, Tesla Motors stock is down more than two percent today.