Tesla Recalls Every Single Model S Over Seat Belt Issue

Posted: Nov 21 2015, 3:00am CST | by , Updated: Nov 22 2015, 4:49pm CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Tesla Recalls Every Single Model S Over Seat Belt Issue
  • Tesla recalls every single Model S over seat belt issue!

Tesla is offering a ‘do-it-yourself’ option for Model S owners from remote areas not near 69 Tesla service centers in the US.

Tesla recently issued a voluntary seat-belt recall. The recall was issued because a Model S owner in Europe has seat belt issues. The owner reported the front passenger seat belt physically separated from the seat.

Tesla checked all the seat belts in more than 3,000 vehicles over the entire Model S production range. Tesla found no additional faulty belts after the check-up. Still Tesla has decided to issue a voluntary recall.

The recall is a proactive and precautionary measure by Tesla. The recall will inspect all front Model S seat belts for proper connection. The rear of Model S has no seat belt issues.

Previously Tesla solved most of its issues through over-the-air updates. The recall may not be a big problem for owners in large cities. However customers living in smaller metropolitan areas may have problems.

The areas which are not near the Tesla service centers. Tesla only has 69 service centers throughout ‘the entire US. To remedy the problem Tesla has offered a ‘do-it-yourself’ diagnostic option for customers.

The DIY is an option for customers until their next scheduled service appointment. The DIY consists of pulling on the lap portion of the seat belt. At least 80 pounds of force needs to be applied.

Some customers may not accept the DIY option with pleasure, since the seat belt is a life-saving safety feature. Tesla’s image may be affected as a result of the DIY. Since Model S customers have already gone through many expensive updates and upgrades.

Here’s the full email (via TechCrunch) Tesla sent to its customers:

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. This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries. However, in the event of a crash, a seatbelt in this condition would not provide full protection. First and foremost, we care about your safety.

This is the only customer vehicle we know of with this condition. 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.)

Our records indicate you own a Model S affected by this voluntary recall. We will be sending you an official recall notice by mail, but you don’t need to wait for this notice to schedule your free inspection.

You have two options for your inspection:

1) Use our online scheduling tool to book an appointment


2) Visit a Tesla Service Center

Locate your nearest service center using the link below and call directly to book an appointment. You can email the service center team if this is more convenient for you, email addresses are listed on the Find Us page.


Alternatively, you can call 844-248-3752. By calling this number, you will automatically be routed to a local service center based upon the area code you are calling from. If you have a blocked number, or would like to reach a specific location, please dial the service center directly.

If you are concerned about the status of your seatbelt prior to your scheduled inspection, you may be able to detect this condition by pulling very firmly on the lap portion of your seat belt with a force of at least 80 pounds. This procedure may detect an improperly attached seat belt but performing this procedure does not replace the need for an inspection by a Tesla technician.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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