Tesla Model S Malaysia-2

Here’s a recall that’s unusual in both brand and affected part. Tesla is voluntarily recalling every unit of the Model S worldwide to fix a potential issue with its seatbelts. The global recall is understood to affect some 90,000 units, from the first cars in 2012 to the latest P85D.

It started from one customer reporting a fault with the front seatbelt on a Model S. The California-based company said in a statement: “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.

“This is the only customer vehicle we know of with this condition. We have since inspected the seat belts in over 3,000 vehicles spanning the entire range of Model S production and found no issues.”

A Tesla spokesperson elaborated to Bloomberg: “In early November, a customer sitting in the front passenger seat turned to speak with occupants in the rear and the seat belt became disconnected. The seat belt is anchored to the outboard lap pretensioner through two anchor plates that are bolted together. The bolt that was supposed to tie the two anchors together wasn’t properly assembled.”

British car mag Autocar says that the safety check would take just three to six minutes and customers are being contacted and advised to book appointments to have their vehicles checked, according to a Tesla spokesman.

Two units of the Model S are already in Malaysia via Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia), and up to 110 units will be shipped in, but they will not be sold to the public. Instead, GreenTech will run a leasing programme for government-linked companies. See more of the car in our exclusive preview.

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