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Following a new recall affecting the Silicon Valley automaker’s electric-vehicle charging technology, Tesla executives emphasized that their luxury electric vehicle is safe for the road.

On the day of its Detroit auto show press conference, Tesla announced a recall of about 29,000 of its 2013 Model S sedan’s adapters because the adapter, cord or wall outlet could overheat during charging and cause fires. The cars were not recalled.

The recall, which Tesla is fixing by software updates sent electronically to customers, added to a recent wave of negative publicity surrounding the much-hyped electric vehicle. Tesla also recently submitted to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration inquiry after three Model S sedans experienced fires, some of which involved driving over debris in the road. NHTSA reaffirmed the car’s 5-star crash rating and there has been no recall related to that for now.

Though Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk did not attend the North American International Auto Show, he turned again to Twitter to minimize the recall’s impact and express his frustration with the regulatory regimen all automakers face.

“The word ‘recall’ needs to be recalled,” Musk tweeted.

Jerome Guillen, Tesla sales vice president, said about 99% of Model S adapters had already received an over-the-air software upgrade to fix the charging issue. Tesla said the recall affects nearly every Model S and adapter the company produced for 2013.