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'Weak welds' spark Tesla recall

2013-06-21 14:03

MODEL S RECALLED: Tesla has recalled its electric Model S to fix a weak weld in the rear seats Image: Tesla

SAN FRANCISCO, California - Wheels24 reported recently that Tesla CEO Elon Musk criticised the traditional way of selling cars and indicated its Model S would hamper the 10-year-old automaker's growth prospects.

Tesla is pushing to sell its Model S electric sedan directly to people rather than relying on a network of independent dealers.

In June, it's sales push has hit a snag as it has recalled some of its Model S vehicles due to "weak welds" on its rear seats.

NO INJURIES REPORTED

The recall applies to versions of the four-door sedan, which costs the equivalent of up to R800 000, assembled between May 10 and June 8 2013. Founder Elon Musk said that the strength of the weld on a mounting bracket in a rear seat "could be weaker than intended".

"This reduces our confidence that the left hand seat back will be properly retained in the event of a crash," Musk said.

Musk emphasised that no customers had complained about the problem and that no injuries had been reported. "Given the paramount importance of safety, we would like to reinforce the left striker bracket on cars produced during this period.

"This work has already been performed on cars that were in the factory, so the recall applies only to cars delivered in mid to late May and early June."

Tesla said it will arrange to fix the problem at no cost to the owners.

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