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Tesla recalls 90,000 Model S sedans to check possible seatbelt defect

Billy Steele
November 20, 2015
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Due to a possible defect in the front seatbelt assembly, Tesla issued a voluntary recall for the 90,000 of its Model S electric sedans currently on the road. The company added that the cost of recalling so many vehicles is "immaterial" as it checks to ensure the restraints are safe. First revealed back in 2012, the Model S is no stranger to safety issues, including a number of fires, all of which Tesla has been quick to respond to. The potential problem with the seatbelts was first reported to the company earlier this month when a customer in Europe turned to speak with back-seat passengers and the assembly broke.

"This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries," the company explained in an email to owners. "However, in the event of a crash, a seat belt in this condition would not provide full protection. First and foremost, we care about your safety."

Tesla says that this is the only vehicle it's aware of with the defect. After inspecting over 3,000 vehicles, it decided to take the proactive approach with a voluntary recall to perform a safety check just to be sure. Customers with affected vehicles can book an appointment online or contact their local service center to schedule the free inspection.

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