Auto regulator agrees with Musk on Tesla Model S recall name change

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Now that he is a week out of the job, the top US auto regulator sees things Tesla’s way. Better late than never.

Recently, Tesla went through the formal recall process with the Model S over concerns that during charging in a location in which the home’s wiring is not properly done, the charging cord, and the home wiring may become hot, and possibly cause a fire. There was actually a fire, and some loosely defined number of charger components did fail due to heat. The lamestream media jumped on this and reported it in the most incendiary way possible, often with photos of fires as the lead picture. Other publications reported the event more factually. We think we did a good job with our report. Yet, some Tesla fans and owners reacted angrily and sent anger-grams to us and many other publications. Their main point was that since the cars did not have to go back to the service centers, the “recall” was not really a recall. Whatever. As of now the term is used by NHTSA regardless of if the car goes to the shop or not.

One of the most important people in the US auto regulation business agrees with Elon Musk that the term “recall” should be recalled. Bloomberg is reporting that David Strickland agrees with Tesla that the most recent recall (Tesla has had 2) could have been called something else. Except that in the US auto regulation business there is no other term. If only some top US regulator had thought to add one.


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Bureaucrats and politicians never admit to anything until they are outside of a position to do anything about it and can freely say things that won't likely impact them. At least this new NHTSA guy actually has some kind of background that fits the job instead of just being some ticket punching lackey who's risen through the bureaucratic ranks and schmoozed all the right people.
Well said.
I've dealt with high voltage " arcing" as well as power cord meltdown and subsequent fire. Serious stuff. However, I believe that Musk has made a viable argument for the recall ( designation) name change. The responsibility should lay with the next O.C. millionaire the buys a Model S or any high voltage, fast-charge plug in EV. Call your electrician and spend the $1500 to provide a properly grounded high voltage receptacle for your personal charging station.
Good comment. Thanks. Did you have that happen on an EV charger or other electrical mishap? The sad thing for the OC owner that had the fire is (they say and we believe) they had a licensed electrician do the install. But there was no permit or subsequent inspection.
Good day John. I lived off the grid for several years with an integrated solar panel array/ diesel generator. I've experienced a handful of overcharge, under sized cable and wire meltdowns. No doubt, the problem would fall back on the licensed electrician. He's responsible for signing off on the service connection. Good luck to all...