Tesla Motors Recalling Roadsters

Tesla Motors, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles, is recalling 439 of its 2010 model year Roadsters to address potential fire hazards connected to battery cables. The recall involves Roadster 2.0 and 2.5 vehicles with a 12-volt auxiliary cable, which may be routed improperly, and could cause the wire to become exposed.

Contact between the bare wire and carbon fiber could lead to a short-circuit and a fire in the right front head lamp area, according to a notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The two-seater electric sports car, the only vehicles currently sold by Tesla, sells for more than $100,000 and plugs into a conventional outlet for recharging. The company has sold about 1,300 Roadsters in at least 30 countries.

The automaker plans to introduce its next-generation electric sedan, the Model S, by 2012, and is working with Toyota to develop an electric version of Toyota’s RAV4 small crossover vehicle.

As part of the recall, Tesla will check the routing of the cable and install a protective sleeve over the wire free of charge. Owners can call the company at 877-888-3752.