Palo Alto, California – Tesla Motors has launched a voluntary safety recall on its Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5. The recall involves a low-voltage auxiliary cable that could chafe against a panel and cause a short circuit.

The 12-volt low-voltage auxiliary cable is part of a redundant backup system that provides power to items such as the headlamps, taillights, turn signals, hazard lights and airbags in the unlikely event the primary 12-volt power fails or drops below a minimum threshold value, the company said. Located forward of the passenger side front wheel behind the headlamp, the cable is physically isolated from the main battery pack at the rear of the car.

The company initiated the recall after the cable in a vehicle chafed against the edge of a carbon fibre panel, causing a short, smoke and possible fire. The recall does not involve the main battery pack or the main power system.

The recall affects 439 vehicles and involves checking the route of the cable and installing a protective sleeve. The recall does not affect earlier Roadster 1.5 vehicles, those with a VIN ending with 500 or before, as these cars do not include the 12-volt auxiliary cable.

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