Tesla recalls 90,000 Model S cars

Nov 20, 2015, 3:23 PM EST
Tesla car
Tesla car
Tesla is conducting a voluntary recall of every Model S sedan on the road today — totaling 90,000 cars because of a defective seat belt connector in one Model S in Europe. Slate quotes the company as saying that the car’s front seat belt “was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner.”
While no one has been hurt as a result of the defective belt, Tesla is taking all precaution. It has inspected more than 3,000 seat belts in other vehicles and found no problems. Despite that investigation, the company would rather not risk the issue, and every Model S owner will now have to bring his/her vehicle in for inspection.
Bloomberg says that the recall will “raise questions for those who are bearish about the stock” but the company is confident that its precautionary measures indicate its devotion to safety, and will not impact stock. One incident does not a recall require, but Diarmuid O’Connell, the company’s vice president for business development, said: “Our North Star for these things is what’s right for the customer.” 
Wired ventures to say that this recall is actually “not a big deal” and emphasizes that the company stands apart from the rest of the auto industry in many ways that shouldn’t have a huge impact on its brand. And, considering other malfunctions in a car such as airbags or ignition switches, one instance of a seat belt not connecting pales in comparison.