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Tesla Motors, Inc., is recalling 90,000 of its Model S sedans due to a possible front seatbelt defect. The recall was announced on Friday and it will affect all Model S sedans the automaker has made and it covers the entire world.

Most of the vehicles affected by the recall are located in the United States; however, some of the models can be found in Asia and Europe. Coinciding with the announcement was a 2.2 percent drop in the price of the company's stock shares. According to the company, the costs associated with the recall will not negatively affect its business.

Received Report of a Seatbelt Breaking

The recall was issued after the automaker received a report of a seatbelt assembly problem in November. According to the complaint, the seatbelt assembly broke after a front-seated passenger turned to speak with rear-seated passengers. Only one instance was reported, but the company felt it necessary to correct all cars potentially affected by the problem. Tesla says that no injuries or accidents have been caused by the defect.

To resolve the recall issue, Tesla owners are being asked to bring their vehicles in for a free inspection at one of Tesla's 125 locations throughout the world. A spokesman for Tesla said that they do not expect to find problems with many of the recalled vehicles. If a faulty seatbelt is discovered, however, Tesla says that it takes approximately six minutes to repair. Customers are being encouraged to bring their vehicles in to have them serviced, but the automaker did say that customers can test the safety of their seat belts themselves by applying 80 pounds of force or more.

Not the First Recall of Model S Sedans

Last year, Tesla issued the recall of 29,222 Model S sedans due to a charging defect that created a fire hazard. Earlier, in 2013, Tesla recalled 1,228 Model S sedans due to worries that the mounting brackets for the vehicles' second row seats were weak.

Personal injury claims relating to auto defects are not uncommon. Passengers and drivers who suffer injury due to the negligence of an automaker in building a defective automobile part may have the right to pursue financial restitution for damages relating to the cost of their medical care, temporary and permanent disabilities and other types of damages.

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