AutoAfterWorld.COM — Tesla is voluntarily recalling several thousand power adapters for a risk of overheating.
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Tesla said that in November it had two reports of NEMA 14-30 (a standard of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association) adapters overheating. The company said there were no injuries or property damage. The adapter, which allows the car to be charged from a typical home clothes-dryer outlet, was sold separately by Tesla as an accessory and made by an outside vendor. The adapters no longer are sold in Tesla's online store. The automaker hasn't said how many adapters are affected by the recall.
"Out of an abundance of caution," Tesla said it's also recalling NEMA 10-30 and 6-50 accessory adapters made by the supplier that share "some common elements" with the 14-30 adapters but have had no reported incidents. Tesla said the recall does not affect the Tesla Wall Connector, Universal Mobile Connector, NEMA 14-50 adapter or NEMA 5-15 adapter that came standard with the Model S or Model X.
Owners should stop using the 14-30 adapters and find another way to charge their vehicles, according to the automaker. It said owners who "regularly" use one will get a replacement "within the next couple of weeks;" other users must wait longer. The company said replacements for the 10-30 and 6-50 adapters will take about three months to make, but owners can continue to use those they have until then.
Tesla said that 14-30 adapters bought more than six months ago are likely in the recall; it also said that owners with a newer 14-30 adapter (part number 1018243-00-C) are not affected.
More information is available from Tesla at 877-798-3752 or ServiceHelpNA@teslamotors.com.
This is not Tesla's first overheating recall involving charging. In 2014, the Model S got an over-the-air software update and a replacement 14-50 adapter to remedy a risk of overheating.