By Anthony Alaniz
While GM is the main focus of automotive critics at the moment, Tesla is tidying up some of its own loose ends. Tesla plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength, titanium shields to reduce the risk of road debris puncturing the battery pack during unusual circumstances.
The National HIghway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) had been investigating two recent Tesla Model S fires, but hadn’t identified a safety defect that would warrant a recall. Tesla said the retrofittings are voluntary and must cars serviced at a certified Tesla service center, said Karl Brauer, Kelley Blue Book analyst in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
In November, Tesla updated the car’s software to raise the ride height of the vehicle in hopes of allowing larger pieces of debris to pass freely underneath the car, preventing debris from penetrating the battery pack.
“We felt it was important to bring this risk down to virtually zero to give Model S owners complete peace of mind,” Musk said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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