Tesla's feelin' hot, hot, hot Tesla Recall's over 29,000 Model S chargers
Tesla have found themselves in a bit of a hot seat in recent months due to issues with, well, some of their cars have the tendency to spontaneously combust. Not to worry though, Tesla has ‘voluntarily’ recalled over 29,000 vehicle chargers, as seen in the picture below, due to overheating problems. Tesla has ordered the ‘voluntary’ recall most likely in an effort to reduce the likelihood of any fits of panic, but what the California-based automaker essentially is saying is; if you want to see your Model S with the least amount of fire damage the morning after you plug it in, we suggest you participate in the recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) posted a bulletin last November stating that the Tesla charger could overheat and catch fire if it is defective or not installed correctly. Surprisingly Tesla has stated that it has been aware of the issue for a few months but refused to classify it as a safety issue. Further going on to say that it only affects 2.7 percent of the current chargers on the market, and no injuries (so far) have been reported. Tesla has stated that they will notify the owners of the affected 2013 Model S electric vehicles. Essentially, the automaker will ship a new charging adapter with a thermal fuse as well as an ‘over-the-air’ software update that will allow the vehicle’s on-board charging system to become aware if it detects a charging problem and automatically reduce the charging current by up to 25 percent. The repair should theoretically eliminate or greatly reduce the risk of the car sparking up like the 4th of July.
Tesla has released a statement explaining that although the charger problem is not an epidemic, Tesla wants to cover its tracks and take the costly measure to make sure that their customers can rely on the relatively young automaker, and its products. Originally, this problem became known to the public when a home-charging device erupted into flames in Orange County, California, causing $25,000 worth of damage. It was noted that Tesla’s initial reaction was to deny the claim that the problem came from the charger– Obviously something has to be wrong with the current in Orange County’s electrical grid.