Tesla Recalling Every Model S For Seat Belt Check
On Friday, Tesla announced a voluntary recall of every single damn Model S on the planet to check the front seatbelt installed on those cars. According to the automaker, one belt in a car that was sold in Europe wasn’t connected to an outboard lap pretensioner. The car was not involved in a crash, nor was anyone injured because of the defect.
According to Tesla, the automaker has inspected more than 3,000 Model S cars for similar faults and found none.
Regardless, the automaker said it would ask owners to bring in 90,000 Model S cars — literally, all of them — for inspection because having a seatbelt that doesn’t work is probably bad.
On its website, Tesla said owners can check to see if their seatbelt is at fault by pulling on the lap belt with the force of about 80 pounds. That’s roughly the amount of force needed to bend an iPhone.
Tesla says that even if the seat belt in your Model S can withstand your best tug-of-war efforts, you should still bring it into the dealer to have them look at it anyway.
Last month, Consumer Reports stripped Tesla of its “Recommended” rating due to concerns over the automaker’s reliability.