Former NHTSA Boss David Strickland Says Tesla’s Elon Musk is Partially Right – Model S Recall Isn’t Really a Recall
The recall that isn’t a recall.
The Tesla Model S received an over-the-air software update and upgraded 14-50 charging adapters were mailed to Model S owners after a garage fire involving a charging Model S made waves in the media.
Elon Musk took to Twitter to dispute the use of the word “recall” and then went to CNBC to discuss it even more.
Musk took some heat for disputing this, but as it turns out, former NHTSA David Strickland says that Tesla’s ability to do over-the-air update is “precedent-setting” for regulators who will now likely examine the use of the word “recall” in these types of situations.
As Strickland says:
“As much as Tesla disagrees and Elon disagrees with the characterization of a recall, I would have to say he’s partially right there. What people think of in terms of a recall is you get a letter from the manufacturer to bring your car in to the dealership.”
“Tesla is able to change vehicle dynamics and make vehicle changes from the sky. You don’t have to impose an inconvenience on the consumer when that remedy comes in.”
It should be noted that Strickland was the head honcho at the NHTSA. He’s now out (resigned), but we believe his words still will be considered as the NHTSA decides how to handle future over-the-air updates.