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Useful Owner Video Re: Tesla Voluntary Recall Over Potential Seatbelt Issue

Tesla has issued a voluntary recall for essentially all of the Model S electric sedans that it has sold over the last few years. The reason for the recall is a single report of a Model S in Europe with a seatbelt that wasn’t properly attached to the outboard lap pretensioner. No one has been injured, and there haven’t been any other reports — the recall is simply the result of the company being rather proactive with regards to potential safety matters.

The company noted, in an email sent to owners, that in the event of a crash, a seatbelt that wasn’t attached properly wouldn’t provide full protection — so those who might be affected would probably benefit by getting their vehicle checked out. Going by reports on the Tesla Motors Club forum, this only takes a couple of minutes, and is quite easy to schedule online.

Here’s the letter sent to owners (courtesy of “AmpedRealtor,” but several others shared the letter there as well):

Tesla recall letter

As noted above, most reports seem to be that the process of booking an inspection is rather fast and easy — and that many/most vehicles don’t seem to be affected at all. So, some of the mainstream media coverage does seem to be a bit exaggerated to my eyes.

One of the posters on the Tesla Motors Club forum, “InternetDude,” put together a pretty good video showing how you can check to see if you’re affected yourself. Possibly worth a watch. Here it is:

 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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