Earlier today, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, announced a recall that will involve select Model S vehicles with a manufacturing date between May 10, 2013 and June 8, 2013. These vehicles may have a faulty mounting bracket for the left hand latch on the second row seat. The automaker is wary that the seat back won’t be properly retained in the event of a crash.
The striker bracket was designed to be bonded and welded to the vehicle body when either one would be sufficient on its own. Thanks to the body side alignment adjustments in the factory, this specific section was compromised.
As to not cause alarm, Tesla has clarified that the weld has not actually detached on any vehicle, no customers have had complaints, no injuries are in relation to this recall, and no agency brought this issue to the automaker. Because Tesla wants its vehicles to be safe, it will be reinforcing the left striker bracket on cars produced in the previously mentioned time period.
Within the next few days, Tesla will contact owners directly. Tesla will pick up the vehicles, and return them when repairs have been completed. There is no need for owners to bring their vehicles to any service center. All owners will be provided a Model S loaner if needed.