Tesla recalls all Model S cars worldwide for seatbelt fix

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New York, Nov 20, 2015 (AFP) –Tesla said Friday it was recalling all 90,000 of its Model S luxury electric cars sold worldwide since 2012 after discovering a security problem with seatbelts.The front seatbelts failed to correctly fasten, but no accidents or injuries had been reported as a result, Tesla said, in a blow to its stellar reputation.In an email to customers, Tesla said it was ordering the recall as a “proactive” step after learning of a Model S in Europewith a front seatbelt “that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner.”“This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries. However, in the event of a crash, a seatbelt in this condition would not provide full protection,” the email said.The notice said the company had inspected 3,000 vehicles and found no issues, but “we have decided to conduct a voluntary recall as a proactive and precautionary measure to inspect all front Model S seatbelts and make absolutely sure that they are properly connected.”Tesla’s cars have been in high demand, despite a price tag of $70,000 and up, and the vehicles had won much praise — until a recent Consumer Reports review which highlighted problems with the Model S.Some analysts see Tesla’s innovations as driving a new model for the auto sector, and predict it can grow from its small base into a major producer.Tesla plans to unveil its Model 3 electric car aimed at less affluent buyers in March 2016.Model 3, whose price is estimated at $35,000 — half the cost of other Teslas — is seen as key to expansion for the carmaker, which has a loyal following among well-heeled buyers.lo-rl/pstTESLA MOTORS