Tesla recalls all Model S sedans for seat belt concerns

Some 90,000 cars are being scrutinized after one owner reported a poorly connected seat belt.

2015 Tesla Model S P85D

While just one vehicle so far contains the defect, Tesla is recalling every Model S ever sold just to make sure it's an isolated issue.

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In what seems like a perfect setup for a slew of "Total Recall"jokes, Tesla today issued a voluntary recall for every Model S sedan the company has ever made. The issue stems from a single report of a seat belt that wasn't properly connected.

Tesla spokeswoman Khobi Brooklyn confirmed this recall to CNET and sent us a copy of the email that alerted customers to the recall. "We have decided to conduct a voluntary recall as a proactive and precautionary measure to inspect all front Model S seat belts and make absolutely sure that they are properly connected," the email states.

The automaker discovered the issue after the customer reported a seat belt disconnection when turning to talk to rear-seat occupants. The problem lies within the outboard belt pretensioner, where the part's anchor plates were not properly bolted together.

A seat belt that comes loose due to movement could spell trouble in the event of an accident, so Tesla's recalling every Model S out of an abundance of caution. "We have since inspected the seat belts in over 3,000 vehicles spanning the entire range of Model S production and found no issues," the email reads.

This is the brand's largest recall to date, covering every one of the battery-electric sedans built since deliveries started in 2012. The car's rear seat belts are not involved in this investigation.

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