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article imageTesla recalls 1,228 Model S cars due to rear seat latch defect

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By Yukio Strachan     Jun 20, 2013 in Driving
Palo Alto - Tesla Model S owners, whose sedans were manufactured between May 10 and June 8, will be contacted by the electric car maker due to a recall on its rear seat latch.
Chairman and CEO Elon Musk said in a blog entry Wednesday that the strength of a mounting bracket for the rear left seat latch may be weaker than intended. "This reduces our confidence that the left hand seat back will be properly retained in the event of a crash," Musk said.
As Reuters points out, a worker at the plant's assembly line in California noticed the defect June 10 and reported it to managers. Tesla then notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the problem.
No injuries or customer complaints have been reported, according to the company.
Tesla Motors Inc will arrange for the cars to be picked up and returned, and a loaner vehicle will be provided, if needed.
Reuters reports this is the first recall for the Model S, blemishing a clean public record for the electric sedan that received a rare, near-perfect score from influential Consumer Reports magazine. The U.S. automaker twice recalled its first model, the two-door Roadster sports car.
Tesla shares, which have more than tripled in the past six months, rose 2.1%, up $2.18 to $105.57 Wednesday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.
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