Electric car maker Tesla announced on late Tuesday night that it’s voluntarily recalled about 800 of its Model S cars due to a potentially weak bracket holding the left hand, second row seat. These were cars that were made between May 10, 2013 and June 8, 2013, and the company emphasized in the announcement that there were no customer complaints and no injuries and that no regulatory body had brought the default to Tesla’s attention.
Tesla delivered around 7,500 Model S cars to customers in North America for the quarter that ended March 31, 2013, and is on a production schedule of making 400 cars per week. So say Tesla has delivered 12,000 (that’s about 400 a week since March 31) then 800 cars recalled is less than 7 percent of the cars.
That’s just my back of the envelope math, but basically the recall was small. Also the faulty part isn’t in a dangerous area like the battery or drivetrain. It’s not unusual for car companies — young and old — to do minor recalls.
Tesla will pick up all of the affected cars, provide a loaner car if needed, and bring back the car with the reinforced seat bracket a few hours later, the company says. Tesla CEO Elon Musk told me in a tweet that the company should have the corrections done pretty much by next week.
Tesla’s stock was only down 1.44 percent in after hour trading, but I’ll update this if that changes.