PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla Motors says it will offer Model S customers new adapters to assuage safety concerns of overheating.
The electric auto maker said Friday that corrosion, faulty wiring of an electrical outlet and other issues could cause an existing adapter to overheat while the vehicle is charging.
Multiple consumer complaints were reported to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration of smoke or fire while the car was plugged into the adapter for charging.
Tesla already provided a software update in December to address the problem. The new software is designed to reduce the charge current by 25 percent if it senses conditions that could lead to overheating. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company says it does not believe the new adapter is necessary, but is providing as another layer of assurance. The improved wall adapter, available soon, has a thermal fuse to prevent current from flowing to the device if an electrical socket heats up.