An entry on the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration’s (NHTSA) website reveals that Tesla Motors issued a fire risk-related recall on January 14. It reportedly affects 29,222 vehicles in total, and has to do with the NEMA 14-50 Universal Mobile Connector (UMC) adapter that can reportedly overheat.
However, this recall doesn’t require owners to drive their cars to a Tesla dealership to have the problem sorted out, and all it requires as a fix is a software update (5.8.4 version or later).
With it installed, the car can “detect any unexpected fluctuations in the input power or higher resistance connections to the vehicle. If detected, the onboard charging system will automatically reduce the charging current by 25%.”
Owners who have not yet received the fix are asked to call Tesla Service Center and arrange for it to be installed. So far, there have not been any reported incidents related to this issue, so this measure is meant more as a preemptive one in the current context.
By Andrei Nedelea