January 15th, 2014
07:34 AM ET

Tesla to Recall Overheating Chargers

Tesla is recalling car chargers that could overheat and, in some cases, cause a fire. The California-based automaker will provide owners of its cars with new charger adapters.

In a letter sent Sunday to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla noted a small number of fires related to this issue. One fire that started in a garage in Irvine, Calif., in November was attributed to an overheating Tesla charger, according to reports. Tesla will recall 29,000 chargers but has denied that the charger itself was the cause of the fire.

"While the number of incidents remains small, and Tesla's review to date points to the building receptacle or wiring as the primary cause of failed NEMA 14-50 adapters," Tesla said in the letter, "the Company has determined that a voluntary recall is appropriate as a precautionary measure."

The carmaker had already provided a software update in December to address the issue.

Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Tuesday the software update "alone addresses any potential risk."

"I call it a belt and suspenders approach, so even though we feel very confident about the software update, the adapter is something that provides additional surety," Musk said. "We just want people to have absolute peace of mind."

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  1. Jim

    Ongoing Tesla fire hazards. Tesla charger connections are still overheating, melting and burning.

    On January 9, 2014 Elon Musk said that replacement adapters that are part of the recall would be mailed out within two weeks. A month later Tesla customers have still not received the replacement adapters that are part of the Tesla model S. recall.

    Several people have been injured by faulty Tesla charge connectors. Tesla is big on making promises, but short on delivery. Tesla needs to start making safety a top priority. Tesla is dangerous.

    February 8, 2014 at 10:05 am | Reply
  2. Sue

    It is a recall. It's sad that so many people are so poorly educated that they don't know what a recall is. Many Tesla adapters and connectors have burned and melted. It's a serious safety hazard. The Tesla is a fire trap. It's worse than the Pinto. The software update did not solve the problems, because there are hardware safety hazards. That's why the adapters are being replaced. Replacing the adapters may not be sufficient, because there appears to be other hardware safety hazards. Several people have been injured by the overheating Tesla charge connections. Greedy haters will say almost anything to try to take the blame of of Tesla.

    January 15, 2014 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • Shumdit

      Sue, you don't know what you are talking about. There has been one fire and it was the outlet that burned not the charger or adapter. Many adapters have gotten hot to the point if melting. These were all caused by improper wiring by the homeowner. You sue are the hater and if you weren't hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet then I wish Tesla would "sue" you for slander and libel.

      January 18, 2014 at 12:00 am | Reply
      • Jim

        @ Shumdit
        You are a corporate shill and or you don't know what you're talking about. Most of the Tesla charge connectors that I have seen melt and burn did not have a problem with house wiring or wall outlets.

        February 8, 2014 at 10:11 am |

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