Tesla Recall: Setback for the EV Revolution?

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Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced a recall of Tesla Roadsters, citing defects in the body design. Apparently, bolts on the rear hub have the potential to be under-torqued and can come loose, which could possibly cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Tesla is recalling 345 of its roadsters that were manufactured between March 2008 and April 22, 2009. According to a Tesla press release, this is a significant number of the roadsters sold to date.
As Tesla vies to redefine the auto industry with its breakthrough roadsters (and now sedans) that look a whole lot more like Porsches than something out of The Jetsons, how will this news affect the car company? More importantly, will this prove to be a larger setback for electric and other alternative energy-driven cars?

Ashwin is an Associate Editor of Triple Pundit. He recently returned to the Bay Area after living in Argentina, where he wholeheartedly missed the Pacific Ocean. He is a freelance editor and media and marketing consultant.After a brief stint working in the wine world, when not staring blankly at a computer screen, you'll find him working on Anand Confections or at 826 Valencia, where he has been a long-time volunteer.

7 responses

  1. It’s amazing that people can’t understand the difference between “lose” and “loose”.

    It’s not “possibly cause the driver to loose control of the vehicle”, it’s “possibly cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle”.

    Oh, BTW, English is not my native tongue either.

  2. zBrain, thanks for the comment and watchful eye. I’m eating humble pie as we speak…

  3. This is nothing, actually a good opportunity for Tesla to catch up with the owners of their vehicles… This is all so new, everyone anticipates this sort of thing… all owners are part of the product testing team.

  4. A setback for Tesla? Name a major automaker that hasn’t recalled a vehicle at some point and time. Until cars are designed and assembled by God, we will have recalls.

  5. No matter recall or not, I would still gladly buy a Tesla roadster! It’s a beautiful-looking car with great performances specs, is completely green, and more importantly, pays homage to the genius who implemented AC electricity for all of us–Nikola Tesla!
    I wish you the very best Tesla Motors! Hopefully someday soon, I can afford to buy one of your vehicles.

  6. It may be cool, but it isn’t green, and it’s only clean because the fumes are produced in someone else’s neighbourhood. It runs on electricity, which you get mostly by burning coal and heating up transmission lines.

  7. I hope Tesla starts making cars more often and doesn’t create cars with such defects — I love the Tesla cars, they are so cool and so advanced — I wonder what their next step is?

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