San Carlos, California – Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has launched a safety recall covering all 345 Tesla Roadsters manufactured before April 22, 2009 for rear inner hub flange bolts.
Tesla said that after one owner reported uncharacteristic handling, the company decided to inspect the rear inner hub flange bolts on several Roadsters. Tesla determined that the bolts on a small percentage of Roadsters were improperly torqued during assembly by Lotus, the contract manufacturer of the chassis. Lotus is conducting a similar recall on some Lotus Elise and Exige vehicles.
No incidents have been reported as a result of the issue, which is unrelated to the electric powertrain. Tesla will service the vehicles at the owners’ homes or offices, or pick up the car and take it to a repair facility if necessary. The recall service will include a complimentary full-vehicle inspection and software upgrade.