Although officially posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall webpage, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk evidently takes umbrage with the use of the “r” word. In a tweet earlier this week, Musk said, “The word ‘recall’ needs to be recalled,” according to a Bloomberg report. Despite the somewhat public tiff between the federal agency and the automaker, NHTSA representatives say the automaker has been in regular contact with the agency, and has been cooperative in providing information.
Tesla has taken multiple steps to address the reports of overheating while charging, beginning with an over-the-air update that enables the car to reduce amperage if it detects overheating. In addition, Tesla mailed out an updated NEMA 14-50 adapter equipped with an internal thermal fuse that will stop charging if it overheats.
Tesla is under increased public and regulatory scrutiny after a series of battery fires caused by road debris that punctured the battery packs. In all cases, the car gave the drivers sufficient warning to pull the cars over and exit the car. No drivers or passengers were seriously injured in the reported incidents. Most of the owners that were involved in the road debris incidents say they plan on getting another Tesla Model S.
NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman added, “People aren’t used to the new challenges that electric vehicles pose.”