Elon Musk vs. the NHTSA: The battle that Tesla doesn't want

|About: Tesla Motors (TSLA)|By:, SA News Editor

Kelley Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer thinks Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.1%) CEO Elon Musk made a rookie mistake by rankling the NHTSA this week over what constitutes a recall.

Though Musk made a decent point by correcting what many early reports had posted as a traditional recall of Model S cars, a seasoned automobile industry executive would have kept his or her Twitter feed quiet, thinks Brauer.

Typically, automakers can negotiate behind the scenes with the NHTSA on the size and scope of a recall.