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Tesla recalls aftermarket charging adapters for overheating

Only two adapters overheated, but they're all being recalled out of an overabundance of caution.

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Good on Tesla for getting a recall in order nice and early.

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Cars aren't the only items that automakers recall. They'll occasionally recall aftermarket parts, which is precisely the reason for Tesla's latest recall.

Tesla issued a voluntary recall for its NEMA 14-30, 10-30 and 6-50 charging adapters. These adapters allow owners to charge on a variety of outlets -- 14-30, for example, is your typical electric clothes dryer outlet. The parts were sold separately as accessories through Tesla's online shop.

The automaker issued the recall after it learned in November of two customers whose 14-30 adapters overheated. The overheating didn't result in any property damage or injuries, but the company nevertheless felt the need to recall and replace the three adapters in question.

The 10-30 and 6-50 chargers are also under recall because they share some common components. The NEMA 14-50 and 5-14 adapters are not affected, nor is the standard Tesla Wall Connector or Universal Mobile Connector.

Tesla will mail new adapters to its customers, and in the meantime, it's emailed the affected customers and asked them to stop using the recalled items. Owners can always charge their Teslas using the slow-and-steady method of a 120-volt wall outlet or the pretty-darn-fast Supercharger system.