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TESLA MODEL S - 2013 TESLA MODEL S Problems & Complaints

 
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by Tesla Motors, Inc.

There are 28 complaints filed for the 2013 TESLA MODEL S

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2013 TESLA MODEL S. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2013 TESLA MODEL S, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

10/23/2014 - WORCESTER, MA
NEEDED TO REPLACE DRIVE MOTOR, 85KW BATTERY IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS AND CURRENTLY HAVE FAULTY ONBOARD CHARGER AND NOT ABLE TO CHARGE. THESE FREQUENT CHARGING PROBLEMS HAVE REALLY ANNOYED ME. TESLA SERVICE HAS BEEN REALLY NICE AND RESPONSIVE, HOWEVER, I DECIDED TO REPORT THESE BECAUSE THE ISSUES ARE BEYOND WHAT'S EXPECTED FROM A NEW CAR, LET ALONE A TESLA. THIS IS LESS THAN RELIABLE FOR A 1+ YR OLD CAR. IF IT WASN'T FOR THE EXTENSION OF TESLA DRIVE TRAIN AND BATTERY WARRANTY (UNLIMITED MILES) THESE WOULD HAVE BEEN REALLY EXPENSIVE REPAIRS.

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ENGINE

10/23/2014 - WORCESTER, MA
NEEDED TO REPLACE DRIVE MOTOR, 85KW BATTERY IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS AND CURRENTLY HAVE FAULTY ONBOARD CHARGER AND NOT ABLE TO CHARGE. THESE FREQUENT CHARGING PROBLEMS HAVE REALLY ANNOYED ME. TESLA SERVICE HAS BEEN REALLY NICE AND RESPONSIVE, HOWEVER, I DECIDED TO REPORT THESE BECAUSE THE ISSUES ARE BEYOND WHAT'S EXPECTED FROM A NEW CAR, LET ALONE A TESLA. THIS IS LESS THAN RELIABLE FOR A 1+ YR OLD CAR. IF IT WASN'T FOR THE EXTENSION OF TESLA DRIVE TRAIN AND BATTERY WARRANTY (UNLIMITED MILES) THESE WOULD HAVE BEEN REALLY EXPENSIVE REPAIRS.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/23/2014 - WORCESTER, MA
NEEDED TO REPLACE DRIVE MOTOR, 85KW BATTERY IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS AND CURRENTLY HAVE FAULTY ONBOARD CHARGER AND NOT ABLE TO CHARGE. THESE FREQUENT CHARGING PROBLEMS HAVE REALLY ANNOYED ME. TESLA SERVICE HAS BEEN REALLY NICE AND RESPONSIVE, HOWEVER, I DECIDED TO REPORT THESE BECAUSE THE ISSUES ARE BEYOND WHAT'S EXPECTED FROM A NEW CAR, LET ALONE A TESLA. THIS IS LESS THAN RELIABLE FOR A 1+ YR OLD CAR. IF IT WASN'T FOR THE EXTENSION OF TESLA DRIVE TRAIN AND BATTERY WARRANTY (UNLIMITED MILES) THESE WOULD HAVE BEEN REALLY EXPENSIVE REPAIRS.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

9/8/2014 - NONE, CA
TESLA OWNERS ARE STILL REPORTING THAT TESLA'S UNIVERSAL MOBILE CHARGERS ARE STILL A FIRE HAZARD. TESLA OWNERS ARE STILL REPORTING THAT NEW REPLACEMENT GREY FACED ADAPTERS UNDER THE RECALL ARE STILL OVERHEATING, MELTING, FAILING AND BURNING. TESLA OWNERS ARE STILL REPORTING THAT SOME OF THEM HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE NEW GREY FACED ADAPTER UNDER THE RECALL. SOME TESLA OWNERS ARE STILL REPORTING OVERHEATING, MELTING, BURNING AND FAILURES WITH NEW & OLD ADAPTERS. SOME CUSTOMERS REPORT THEY ARE STILL USING THE OLD ADAPTERS THAT HAVE BEEN RECALLED BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T RECEIVED THE UPDATED NEW GREY FACED ADAPTER. THE GREY FACED ADAPTER HAS NOT ADDRESSED ALL OF THE FIRE HAZARDS WITH THE TESLA'S UMCS. TESLA'S UMCS STILL ARE A FIRE HAZARD.

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SEATS

8/23/2014 - ENCINITAS, CA
THE VENTILATION IN THE 3RD ROW IS AWEFUL IN THE MODEL S. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY PEOPLE COMPLAINING OF SICK KIDS THROWING UP BECAUSE IT'S TOO HOT. TESLA ACKNOWLEDGED IT OVER A YEAR AGO AND STILL HASN'T FIXED IT. WE HAVE TRIED CONTACTING THEM AND HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET A RESPONSE.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

8/22/2014 - NONE, CA
TESLA MOTORS IS DANGEROUSLY MISLEADING THE PUBLIC BY FALSELY ADVERTISING IT'S BATTERIES AS "LANDFILL SAFE" AND "NON-TOXIC". THE FALSE CLAIMS CAN HAVE GRAVE IMPLICATIONS ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. PUTTING BATTERIES IN LANDFILLS CAN BE A FIRE HAZARD AS WELL AS A TOXIC HAZARD. WHEN TESLA BATTERIES ARE COMPACTED, OPENED, CATCH FIRE AND/OR EXPLODE; TOXIC MATERIALS CAN BE RELEASED THAT ARE A PUBLIC HAZARD AND A HAZARD TO THE ENVIRONMENT... IN TESLA'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDE, IT ALLUDES TO TESLA BATTERIES CONTAINING TOXIC MATERIALS. YET ON TESLA'S BLOG TO THE PUBLIC, THEY TRY TO PORTRAY TESLA BATTERIES AS NON-TOXIC, GREEN AND LANDFILL SAFE. TESLA BATTERIES HAVE HEAVY METALS LIKE NICKEL AND COBALT THAT CAN BE TOXIC HAZARDS.... IN THE TESLA BLOG BY KURT KELLY, HE ALLUDES TO THE BATTERIES HAVING HEAVY METALS LIKE COBALT AND NICKEL. YET CLAIMS THE BATTERIES ARE NON-TOXIC. ELON MUSK AND OTHER TESLA REPRESENTATIVES HAVE MADE SIMILAR MISLEADING CLAIMS.... A QUOTE FROM TESLA'S MODEL S. EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDE: "HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY - FIRE DAMAGE A BURNING OR HEATING BATTERY RELEASES TOXIC VAPORS. THESE VAPORS INCLUDE H2SO4, OXIDES OF CARBON, NICKEL, ALUMINUM, LITHIUM, COPPER AND COBALT. RESPONDERS SHOULD WEAR FULL PPE, INCLUDING SCBA AND TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO PROTECT CIVILIANS DOWNWIND FROM THE INCIDENT.".... BY ELON MUSK, CO-FOUNDER & CEO OF TESLA MOTORS: "BATTERIES THAT ARE NOT TOXIC TO THE ENVIRONMENT! I WOULDNÆT RECOMMEND THEM AS A DESSERT TOPPING, BUT THE TESLA MOTORS LITHIUM-ION CELLS ARE NOT CLASSIFIED AS HAZARDOUS AND ARE LANDFILL SAFE.".... BY KURT KELTY: "RECYCLING OUR NON-TOXIC BATTERY PACKS ABOVE AND BEYOND ROHS, OUR LITHIUM ION CELLS CONTAIN NO HEAVY METALS, NOR ANY TOXIC MATERIALS."....

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/22/2014 - NONE, CA
TESLA MOTORS IS DANGEROUSLY MISLEADING THE PUBLIC BY FALSELY ADVERTISING IT'S BATTERIES AS "LANDFILL SAFE" AND "NON-TOXIC". THE FALSE CLAIMS CAN HAVE GRAVE IMPLICATIONS ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. PUTTING BATTERIES IN LANDFILLS CAN BE A FIRE HAZARD AS WELL AS A TOXIC HAZARD. WHEN TESLA BATTERIES ARE COMPACTED, OPENED, CATCH FIRE AND/OR EXPLODE; TOXIC MATERIALS CAN BE RELEASED THAT ARE A PUBLIC HAZARD AND A HAZARD TO THE ENVIRONMENT... IN TESLA'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDE, IT ALLUDES TO TESLA BATTERIES CONTAINING TOXIC MATERIALS. YET ON TESLA'S BLOG TO THE PUBLIC, THEY TRY TO PORTRAY TESLA BATTERIES AS NON-TOXIC, GREEN AND LANDFILL SAFE. TESLA BATTERIES HAVE HEAVY METALS LIKE NICKEL AND COBALT THAT CAN BE TOXIC HAZARDS.... IN THE TESLA BLOG BY KURT KELLY, HE ALLUDES TO THE BATTERIES HAVING HEAVY METALS LIKE COBALT AND NICKEL. YET CLAIMS THE BATTERIES ARE NON-TOXIC. ELON MUSK AND OTHER TESLA REPRESENTATIVES HAVE MADE SIMILAR MISLEADING CLAIMS.... A QUOTE FROM TESLA'S MODEL S. EMERGENCY RESPONSE GUIDE: "HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY - FIRE DAMAGE A BURNING OR HEATING BATTERY RELEASES TOXIC VAPORS. THESE VAPORS INCLUDE H2SO4, OXIDES OF CARBON, NICKEL, ALUMINUM, LITHIUM, COPPER AND COBALT. RESPONDERS SHOULD WEAR FULL PPE, INCLUDING SCBA AND TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO PROTECT CIVILIANS DOWNWIND FROM THE INCIDENT.".... BY ELON MUSK, CO-FOUNDER & CEO OF TESLA MOTORS: "BATTERIES THAT ARE NOT TOXIC TO THE ENVIRONMENT! I WOULDNÆT RECOMMEND THEM AS A DESSERT TOPPING, BUT THE TESLA MOTORS LITHIUM-ION CELLS ARE NOT CLASSIFIED AS HAZARDOUS AND ARE LANDFILL SAFE.".... BY KURT KELTY: "RECYCLING OUR NON-TOXIC BATTERY PACKS ABOVE AND BEYOND ROHS, OUR LITHIUM ION CELLS CONTAIN NO HEAVY METALS, NOR ANY TOXIC MATERIALS."....

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SERVICE BRAKES

7/15/2014 - NONE, CA
SOME TESLA OWNERS ARE ALLEGING THAT THERE ARE TESLA SERVICE BULLETINS FOR MODIFICATIONS ON TESLA'S THAT ARE BEING KEPT SECRET. IE: SOME TESLA OWNERS ARE REPORTING OCCASIONAL POOR BRAKE PERFORMANCE UNDER SOME CIRCUMSTANCES. MANY TESLA OWNERS HAVE REPORTED THAT BRAKE DISCS AND OTHER BRAKE PARTS EASILY BECOME WET, THEN RUST. RUSTED ROTORS CAN CAUSE GRABBING, AND UNEVEN BRAKING (SWERVING ON BRAKE APPLICATION). ALLEGEDLY SOMETIMES RUSTED PARKING BRAKES WON'T DISENGAGE. IT SEEMS SOMETIMES BRAKE PARTS BECOME RUSTED, STICKY AND UNRELIABLE. WHEN THE BRAKE PADS BECOME WET, THERE IS POOR BRAKE PERFORMANCE WITH LONGER STOPPING DISTANCE. THERE ARE SOME TESLA OWNERS REPORTING THAT THERE ARE TESLA SERVICE BULLETINS TO PREVENT POOR BRAKE PERFORMANCE, BY ADDING DUST (SPLASH) GUARDS, REPLACING ROTORS AND BRAKE PADS; YET DOING INTERNET SEARCHES I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANY TESLA MODEL S. SERVICE BULLETINS ON THE BRAKES. TESLA SEEMS TO BE KEEPING SAFETY PROBLEMS LIKE POOR BRAKING PERFORMANCE AND THE RELATED SERVICE BULLETINS SECRET. ALLEGEDLY SOME TESLAS HAVE BEEN SOLD WITHOUT BRAKES DUST SHIELDS (SPLASH SHIELDS) THUS MAKING THEM MORE VULNERABLE TO WATER. TESLA'S REGEN BRAKING CAN BE SO EFFICIENT, THAT IT SEEMS SOME CUSTOMER'S FRICTION BRAKES ARE NOT BEING USED ENOUGH TO SQUEEGEE AWAY THE WATER OR GENERATE ENOUGH HEAT TO DRY OUT THE BRAKES. SHOULDN'T SERVICE BULLETINS, ESPECIALLY ONES REGARDING SAFETY BE READILY AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC? AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURES LIKE TESLA ARE DROPPING THE BALL.

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STEERING

7/15/2014 - NONE, CA
SOME TESLA OWNERS ARE ALLEGING THAT THERE ARE TESLA SERVICE BULLETINS FOR MODIFICATIONS ON TESLA'S THAT ARE BEING KEPT SECRET. IE: SOME TESLA OWNERS ARE REPORTING OCCASIONAL POOR BRAKE PERFORMANCE UNDER SOME CIRCUMSTANCES. MANY TESLA OWNERS HAVE REPORTED THAT BRAKE DISCS AND OTHER BRAKE PARTS EASILY BECOME WET, THEN RUST. RUSTED ROTORS CAN CAUSE GRABBING, AND UNEVEN BRAKING (SWERVING ON BRAKE APPLICATION). ALLEGEDLY SOMETIMES RUSTED PARKING BRAKES WON'T DISENGAGE. IT SEEMS SOMETIMES BRAKE PARTS BECOME RUSTED, STICKY AND UNRELIABLE. WHEN THE BRAKE PADS BECOME WET, THERE IS POOR BRAKE PERFORMANCE WITH LONGER STOPPING DISTANCE. THERE ARE SOME TESLA OWNERS REPORTING THAT THERE ARE TESLA SERVICE BULLETINS TO PREVENT POOR BRAKE PERFORMANCE, BY ADDING DUST (SPLASH) GUARDS, REPLACING ROTORS AND BRAKE PADS; YET DOING INTERNET SEARCHES I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANY TESLA MODEL S. SERVICE BULLETINS ON THE BRAKES. TESLA SEEMS TO BE KEEPING SAFETY PROBLEMS LIKE POOR BRAKING PERFORMANCE AND THE RELATED SERVICE BULLETINS SECRET. ALLEGEDLY SOME TESLAS HAVE BEEN SOLD WITHOUT BRAKES DUST SHIELDS (SPLASH SHIELDS) THUS MAKING THEM MORE VULNERABLE TO WATER. TESLA'S REGEN BRAKING CAN BE SO EFFICIENT, THAT IT SEEMS SOME CUSTOMER'S FRICTION BRAKES ARE NOT BEING USED ENOUGH TO SQUEEGEE AWAY THE WATER OR GENERATE ENOUGH HEAT TO DRY OUT THE BRAKES. SHOULDN'T SERVICE BULLETINS, ESPECIALLY ONES REGARDING SAFETY BE READILY AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC? AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURES LIKE TESLA ARE DROPPING THE BALL.

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AIR BAGS

7/12/2014 - NONE, CA
THE FIRST REPORTED TESLA CRASH IN CHINA, IT APPEARS THAT THE DRIVERS STEERING WHEEL AIRBAG DID NOT DEPLOY. WHILE CHINA IS NOT IN THE JURISDICTION OF NHTSA, THE INFORMATION CAN BE USED PROACTIVELY FOR SAFETY IN THE US, INSTEAD OF BEING REACTIVE. HTTP://WWW.CARNEWSCHINA.COM/2014/07/11/FIRST-TESLA-CRASHES-IN-CHINA/......UPDATED 07/15/14

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