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Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire 195

JoeyRox writes "Tesla is sending its customers new home charging connectors after recent reports of chargers overheating in garages and one instance of a fire inside a wall socket that held one of the chargers. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the new charging adapter will contain a thermal fuse capable of terminating the charging process if it gets too hot. 'These are very rare events, but occasionally the wiring isn't done right. We want people to have absolute comfort, so we're going to be providing them with an upgraded adapter.' The company also issued a software update in December to address the overheating issue."
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Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire

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  • Bravo, Tesla (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fnj ( 64210 ) on Friday January 10, 2014 @05:51PM (#45921389)

    I'll get in before the nutjob Tesla detractors.

    This is a very responsible move by Tesla which takes guts. They are changing the charger design to ameliorate a problem that has nothing to do with the car and nothing to do with the charger and everything to do with the house wiring. Obviously the nutjobs will point their skinny little fingers and accuse Tesla of papering over their own flaw, which is a lie.

  • by steveha ( 103154 ) on Friday January 10, 2014 @05:51PM (#45921395) Homepage

    Tesla cars are really expensive, but they keep doing things like this. "Worried about the battery catching on fire? Okay, we will insure you against that for no additional charge. Worried about your garage charger catching on fire? Okay, we will give you an upgraded charger for free."

    Anyone with a Tesla car is an early adopter, and paying a lot for the privilege. But Tesla really is doing their part to take care of the early adopter customers.

    And this is why their overall strategy is brilliant. Start at the high end of the market, make money while building technology and infrastructure, and then come out with a new-gen car that costs less. Meanwhile they have fewer customers to take care of when issues like this pop up, and they have the money to just deal with it.

    I can't wait until Tesla hits the Ford/Honda price level.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 10, 2014 @05:54PM (#45921425)

    This is a 100% serious reply - Once upon a time, software developers selected beta testers, who used the software with the understanding that it was still in a beta version and bugs should be expected and documented.

    Now, no such "testing" occurs in both the software and hardware realms. The developers or manufacturers simply develop something that compiles or doesn't collapse under its own weight and sells it as the release version to customers that expect all that testing to have been done already, so it works. Customers pay full price, the shit crashes or falls apart(or catches fire), they complain to the company describing what happened, and then the company documents what happened and gives the customer a "new" but equally faulty piece in exchange.

    There is no more "beta" testing - the beta testers are now referred to as "early adopters."

    -- Ethanol-fueled

  • Re: Quality? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Moheeheeko ( 1682914 ) on Friday January 10, 2014 @06:05PM (#45921517)
    There is a man, lets call him Keith. Keith thinks that repair men and contractors are overpriced, and decides he can do it himself. He does this, and it works...for now.
  • Re:Modus Operandi (Score:5, Insightful)

    by beelsebob ( 529313 ) on Friday January 10, 2014 @06:26PM (#45921741)

    Alternatively... it could be exactly as he said, the car was not fire prone (as borne out by the stats showing it had lower fire rates than other cars, and better outcomes when they did happen), and that the fire department agree that it was not caused by the charger.

    Instead, it could simply be that even though they're working fine, there's way to mitigate the risk of other faulty things causing problems, and it's nice to do something towards that.

    Honestly, I hate this aspect of the modern world –no one is allowed to improve something without implying that something was broken before hand, or that it was their fault that something else was broken.

  • Re:Bravo, Tesla (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Psychopath ( 18031 ) on Friday January 10, 2014 @06:38PM (#45921891) Homepage

    I have a friend who's an electrician and from the stories he tells many/most places he visits have something wrong with them. Even calls he gets to go out and install something new and there's no reported issues seem to have at least 1 thing he can point to that doesn't meet "code". If Tesla's design doesn't account for this then personally I'd count that as a flaw, but go ahead, keep thinking it's not Tesla's problem to fix...

    Tesla could just modify their charger so that if the wiring isn't done right, your garage won't burn down due to your electrician's negligence. Which is what they've done. So...?

"My sense of purpose is gone! I have no idea who I AM!" "Oh, my God... You've.. You've turned him into a DEMOCRAT!" -- Doonesbury