The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tesla would recall 2010 model Roadster 2 and 2.5 vehicles with 12V auxiliary cables that may be improperly routed.
The cables, if routed incorrectly, could rub against a wheel cover, which would wear through the insulation and expose bare wire, leading to a short circuit or electrical arching.
The problem involves wiring in the area of the right headlamp, the NHTSA said.
Tesla said it would inspect the cars and install a protective plastic sleeve over wires that were incorrectly routed.
Consumers can call 877-888-3752 for information.
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