Founded in 2003 by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, Tesla Motors caught the attention of PayPal co-founder Elon Musk. Musk later assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and, by 2008, the company released the Roadster, their inaugural electric car.
Fourteen recalls in one year
However, the e-car journey for Tesla has been anything but smooth. Since January of 2021, Tesla has racked up 14 recalls, with the latest announced on February 4th involving cabin heating systems slow to defrost windshields.
U.S. safety regulators cited a software error where heat pumps were opening unintentionally. Refrigerant was getting trapped in the evaporator, significantly impairing defrosting performance and a loss of cabin heating. Impacted are 2021 and 2022 Models 3, S, and X. Also included are certain Model Y vehicles from 2020 to 2022.
In total, the recall involves 27,000 vehicles in the United States, where reduced driver visibility increases the chances of a serious collision. The automaker plans to notify car owners by April 1, 2022 and issue a free online software update to resolve the problem. Until then, drivers should remain vigilant about this issue. Owners can also contact Tesla directly at 877-798-3752 using the recall number SB-22-18-002.
While Tesla suffers through a steady stream of recalls, defects are not exclusive to just one automaker. Fortunately, consumers have rights and legal options when it comes to injuries caused by defective vehicles.