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Tesla To Upgrade Electric-Car Wall Chargers For Further Fire Protection

The company faced public scrutiny after three accident-related Model S fires last fall, and now it’s upgrading wall-charger adapters after complaints of overheating, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla will ship new charger connectors–which connect the Tesla charging cord to a wall outlet–to owners over the next two weeks, CEO Elon Musk said in an interview.

Musk noted that the overheating may be caused by substandard household wiring.

The decision comes after at least six reports of overheating wall chargers were posted on the Tesla Motors Club forum, and a garage fire in Irvine, California led to an investigation by the Orange County Fire Authority.

Tesla disputed the Fire Authority’s conclusion that a Model S wall charger was the most likely cause.

Other incidents reported on the Tesla forum didn’t lead to fires, but provide cause for concern nonetheless.
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