Tesla Sends Owners Upgraded Chargers on Reports of Overheating

2014 Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S has proven to be a remarkable new car, garnering numerous accolades from the press, and generally beloved by its owners. But its unique and proprietary design has also caused the company some headaches. Following complaints from some owners about the charger plug overheating, the company is sending out replacement chargers to owners, according to a release from the company and a Bloomberg report.

The replacements are being handled as a recall, although owners do not have to visit a service center to receive the new connectors. The new adapters include a thermal fuse designed to stop charging if it detects overheating. The new connectors are a follow-up to a software update sent out in December, which will cut charge current by as much as 25 percent if it detects conditions that can lead to overheating. Tesla has asserted that it believes most of the overheating incidents reported are attributable to incorrectly installed or inadequate electrical equipment and wiring in some of the owners' homes.

Tesla has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the issue, and the agency is tracking developments surrounding the recall. The charge overheating issue comes on the heels of several highly-publicized battery fires caused by road debris puncturing the battery pack.

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