Tesla is recalling almost half a million cars due to safety concerns
Tesla is recalling around 475,000 cars after multiple problems were found, which increase the risk of crashing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), issues have been spotted with both Model 3 and Model S vehicles.
Some 356,309 Model 3 cars are affected with rear view camera issues, where general use of the trunk lid, such as opening and closing it, may damage the camera’s cable harness. This harm to the cable harness may prevent the vehicle from displaying a rear view camera image.
A further 119,009 Model S cars are recalled after some were found suffering from front hood problems. The front hood latch may not be secure, which could lead the hood to open suddenly and obstructing the driver’s view, which could lead to an accident.
Earlier this year, the NHTSA investigated Tesla’s Autopilot system, which provides advanced safety and convenience features, after several crashes with Tesla vehicles. In February this year, there was also another recall when Tesla agreed to look at about 135,000 cars that could have had faulty touch-screen displays that could fail, potentially leading to an accident.
The NHTSA has said that Tesla is not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths relating to these issues with the Model 3 and Model S vehicles. Tesla has stated that it will install new cable harnesses and guide protectors into affected Model 3 cars. The company has also suggested that a service centre could fix Model S vehicles with the front hood fault.
Those affected will be notified by Tesla shortly and will be eligible for reimbursement if required to pay for these fixes to their cars.