Fire Risk Prompts Recall of Tesla Motors Charging Adapter

Tesla Model S 2017

Tesla is recalling three electrical plug adapters sold as accessories with its Model S sedan due to a risk of overheating and fire.

Transport Canada says a manufacturing defect in the adapters (specifically the NEMA 10-30, NEMA 14-30 and NEMA 6-50) could cause increased electrical resistance, generating excess heat that may lead to a fire.

The adapters, which sell for $100 (U.S.) through the Tesla Motors website, are designed to allow owners to plug their cars into a variety of different types of electrical outlets; in the case of the three adapters being recalled, those outlets are typically used for clothes dryers and electric welding equipment.

Owners of the 280 affected adapters will receive a redesigned replacement by mail.

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Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.