Do you a Tesla Roadster electric car? If so, heads up: Tesla is recalling 439 of the battery powered sports cars, to reinforce a wire that could chafe against a panel, creating the risk of a short or an electrical fire. Tesla points out that the wire is part of the auxiliary wiring harness and not part of the Tesla’s propulsion system or primary wiring; in other words, we’re talking twelve volts and reasonable amperage, not high voltage and dangerous current.
The recall affects only models 2.0 and 2.5, and there has been only a single instance of chafing noted by a customer. To address the potential problem, Tesla will shield the wire to prevent rubbing against the edge of a carbon fiber body panel. Recall notifications (via email and snail mail) have already been sent to owners of affected cars, and Tesla will offer on site repair courtesy of their Service Rangers program. It’s also important to note that this is a voluntary recall initiated by Tesla, not a recall prompted by an NHTSA investigation. Props to Tesla for above average customer service on this one.