Oct. 1, 2010, 6:16 p.m.
Tesla Initiates Voluntary Recall After Single Customer Incident
PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct 01, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Tesla Motors has launched a voluntary safety recall on Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5. The recall involves the 12v low voltage auxiliary cable from a redundant back up system that provides power to various systems, including the headlamps, taillights, turn signals and hazard lights, and airbags in the unlikely event the primary 12V power fails or drops below a minimum threshold value.
Located forward of the passenger side front wheel, behind the headlamp, the 12v low voltage auxiliary cable is physically isolated from the main battery pack in the rear of the car.
Tesla decided to initiate a recall after the low voltage auxiliary cable in a single vehicle chafed against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the vehicle causing a short, smoke and possible fire behind the right front headlamp of the vehicle. This issue is limited to the 12V low voltage auxiliary cable and does not involve the main battery pack or main power system.
Once aware of this single incident, Tesla quickly determined that a voluntary recall was an appropriate precautionary measure. The recall affects 439 Roadsters.
Tesla has made corresponding regulatory agencies aware of the discovery and has already initiated a correction in customer cars. The correction involves checking the routing of the 12V low voltage auxiliary cable and installing a protective sleeve over it. Tesla's Service team has started notifying customers via email and has initiated a mailing campaign. Tesla Service Rangers can perform the service at customers' homes or offices. The service takes approximately one hour.
This recall does not impact earlier Roadster 1.5 vehicles (VIN ending with 500 or before) as these cars do not include the 12V auxiliary cable in question.
The world loves to be deceived.
I wonder if this is global or North America only?
( Haven't they delivered more than 439 2.x's ? )
Tesla recalls 439 Roadster 2.0 and 2.5 electric cars due to fire hazard
Tesla Motors is pretty proud of the fact that it decided to recall 439 Roadster 2.0 and 2.5 vehicles after a single one saw "a short, smoke and possible fire behind the right front headlamp," but a fire hazard in every one of 439 shipping products isn't exactly a ratio to be boasting about.
I think Tesla Motors handled the recall very well.
When my Roadster was delivered in mid-September, the left headlamp had condensation inside it. A few days ago, the Tesla Technician for Toronto (Dustin) came out and removed and resealed both headlamps. It took about 3 hours for each lamp as he had to jack up the car, take off the front tire and get at the lamp from behind to remove it so that a new gasket could be applied.
I also asked about the voluntary recall and he said he would be applying the sleeve to the affected cable on my car. I had to go to work (to make money to pay for the car) so I did not see him perform the repair, but as others have mentioned, it does not seem to be a long or complicated procedure. I'm just glad to have the headlamps and the wiring brought up to current recommended levels.
Here's a photo of the recall fix in progress. On the right you can see the auxiliary 12V backup battery. The unprotected black and red wires could potentially rub against a CF edge just below the wires. The fix is to wrap them in a protective jacket and tuck them in behind the ledge that is right above the wires.
Since this was a recall they sent the mobile ranger (Dustin) for free. Normally warranty repairs require the $1/mile round trip fee. The recall was handy because he's doing the headlamp fog repair and a few other minor updates at the same time.
So there is a 12v (Lead?) backup battery. They did not mention a secondary battery in the service message. I wonder what it is used for..
Enable tow mode, when your cars battery is fully depleted?
Making sure your lights and other 12V devices will still work for a while, when the main battery is disconnected due to a failure/crash etc..?
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