Source: Tesla Motors
quote: Upgraded safety features aren't just given away unless there is a problem with the vehicle.
quote: If Musk came out and said "They're driving it wrong" the would believe it.
quote: Mint is correct. Statistically this was a non-issue
quote: The media crowned the Model S the greatest car of all time.
quote: Toyota did massive recalls because people were too stupid to keep their floor mats out of the gas pedal assembly.
quote: Just call this what it is: a recall. Why is Tesla so sacred you people get offended by this? There isn't an automaker on the PLANET that hasn't had to do recalls. They in no way reflect on the company.
quote: A veteran California Highway Patrol officer was driving three family members in a Lexus ES350. At some point, the throttle of the car stuck open, the driver lost control, and the car accelerated to high speed before hitting another vehicle, rolling over several times, and bursting into flames. All four occupants died. A subsequent investigation discovered that the car had been fitted with all-weather floor mats designed for a Lexus RX, which were too long for the ES350, thus trapping the accelerator pedal after a full-throttle application and causing the crash.
quote: True. But there was the actual -DEATH- of 4 people with a police officer at the wheel.
quote: Just call this what it is: a recall. Why is Tesla so sacred you people get offended by this?
quote: you should be happy they are taking action to fix a CLEAR and obvious design flaw.
quote: Really? So I suppose 200M cars without backup cameras have a clear and obvious design flaw as well? One that has actually killed hundreds and injured tens of thousands, compared to zero deaths/injuries from Tesla's "flaw"? You support fixing that? Oh wait, you're vehemently opposed to doing anything about that.
quote: Okay, so you're just vehement for no reason.
quote: The Model S had no such passenger cell intrusion.
quote: That's because the plate was supposed to protect the batteries from damage, NOT passenger intrusion.
quote: It didn't do it's job, it's that simple. If it had, Tesla wouldn't be doing this recall. Titanium isn't exactly cheap.
quote: Tesla has always said that the battery pack - including the plates and internal cross members - is a structural member of the car to enhance safety.
quote: If that was needed for passenger safety, EVERY car would have a solid plate covering the entire underside.
quote: Call it a voluntary recall if you wish.
quote: What is the problem with admitting this issue was legitimate
quote: It's an upgraded safety feature because of idiot drivers who are not paying attention to the road conditions or are following too close to avoid foreign objects on the roadway.
quote: In all cases, the Tesla Model S performed admirably and above average.
quote: Even with the upgrade, I am sure you will be able to run into something that will puncture it if you put some effort into it
quote: Hitting a tow hitch is NOT "catastrophic".
quote: So yes, I think you can give a pass because of the alerting system.
quote: At least with the Tesla you can attribute it to something obvious.
quote: Either way, Tesla addressed the problem, just like Toyota did and most car manufacturers do. Call it a recall, or a design flaw, or an enhancement, the outcome is the same. A change due to new knowledge.
quote: Modern fuel tanks are way more impact resistant than a thin aluminum plate spanned across the entire underbody.
quote: plastic is preferred because it's usually lighter, has superior corrosion resistance, and in crashes it can deform without breaking at welding seams.
quote: I guess the fact that there are far fewer Teslas out on the roads don't factor in at all in this......Fires per mile is an impossible metric to have any accuracy with. It's just marketing buzzspeak, which is why Musk uses it instead of more relevant statistics.
quote: What I DO care about is the assertion by obviously biased fanbois here that this design improvement by Tesla is somehow cosmetic.
quote: If it had performed "above average" at it's intended role, there would have been NO fires and no battery damage.
quote: Galaxy S4 isn't correcting some fundamental mis-engineering of the Galaxy S3. Its taking new data/progress and ensuring that Samsung has a halo phone that is actually "halo". Tesla is taking the information provided and ensuring their electric car is still the "halo" electric car.
quote: Just because a company performs an upgrade, doesn't mean that it solves a problem.
quote: Musk wouldn't waste the money doing this if he didn't need to, get a clue.
quote: That is a horrible analogy, and to use it really calls your credibility into question.
quote: Yeah you're right, this is just a big coincidence and has NOTHING to do with the fires!
quote: Know how many times I’ve taken my Nissan Leaf into the dealership in the last 3 years of ownership?Twice
quote: I'd think the better option is to add sensors that detect compromises in the shield