Electric carmaker Tesla Motors (TSLA) is recalling 439 cars because over fire concerns.

The company said it is recalling Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5 after an incident where a cable chafed against the edge of a carbon fiber panel in the car, creating smoke and possibly fire behind the right headlamp.

The cable is a 12V low voltage auxiliary cable from a backup system.

"This issue is limited to the 12V low voltage auxiliary cable and does not involve the main battery pack or main power system," the company said in a statement.

Tesla owners will be notified by e-mail and normal mail. The company can service the cars at customers' home or offices.

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cmcclarty

Merlin very true! My brother is a fire fighter they are not thrilled about theses cars. Very unsafe in a wreck nothing like battery acid or gel all over a person.

October 04 2010 at 7:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Terry

If the U.S. Government loaned the company a half a billion dollars maybe the U.S. Pres. should have one free?

October 04 2010 at 6:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Rocco

The roadster is powered By more than 6000 AA batteries. The company also received a half billion loan from the US Government. The vacant, giant Toyota-General motors (Nummi) plant was purchased by Tesla on the cheap.

October 04 2010 at 6:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ferandr4

another outstanding news item----no big deal---the problem will be fixed---move on

October 04 2010 at 6:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Denzil

I would not want to be caught in a violent electrical storm in this car. That would possible a scenario that would really "light up your life." Sarcasm aside, these cars are impractical for most of us because the blasted things cost a king's ransom. It's just something to fill a slot in the wealthy's multi-car garages.

October 04 2010 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tombill333

Some of you guys are too quick to judge and condemn. In a complex piece of machinery designed and built by human beings (who are imperfect) it shouldn't be surprising that there are flaws, regardless of the price. Sounds like the manufacturer is doing the responsible thing to remedy the flaw and especially since they're willing to make the repair at the owner's home or business. I don't know if this is the "car of the future", but it sounds like they have the right attitude at least

October 04 2010 at 4:29 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
jagktbs

what's the thing cost = a hundred grand and they can't get a cheap little cable right? but wait - it is a green car, just a green car that could KILL people, but then again, they're only people.

October 04 2010 at 3:56 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Koz

Will I hear a boom when the battery blows up.

October 04 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
MERLIN

Its not a car its a piece of progressive junk

October 04 2010 at 2:09 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply