Tesla had to recall nearly half a million vehicles 'over safety issues'

Most of them were Model 3s

1w ago

I know that people love it when Tesla has to recall some of its vehicle, I'm not sure whether that happens a bit more frequently than it does with other automakers or if it's just because anything Tesla does is always worthy of a headline, probably a bit of both. Anyway, the latest recall involves 475,000 cars (Model S and 3) over 'safety issues'.

According to documents filed with the US safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the company decided to recall 356,309 Model 3s (2017-2020, in the U.S. only) due to a potential rear-view camera issue. According to the documents, the "coaxial cable that's attached to a harness on the trunk lid can become worn after opening and closing the trunk".

On top of that, and this sounds a bit more serious, they also had to recall 100,000 Model S vehicles because the front 'frunk' may open unexpectedly. This impacts Model S vehicles built between 2014 and 2021. As ever, owners will receive an email from the company but they also check here whether their Tesla is under recall by entering the 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

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Comments (3)

  • Recalls are frequent. They shouldn't be this frequent though. It's not wrong to raise further concerns about Tesla's build quality or design care.

      10 days ago
  • Recalls happen all of the time. Every manufacturer has them. Cars are a complex conglomeration of subsystems. Sometimes one part can mess things up. When you have millions of parts there's lots of potential for issues. Happens.

    This appears to be bad design. That happens too. Works in short tests but in real world conditions fails after X number of uses. Happens. BUT those are usually teased out during the prototype phase. It appears that Tesla pushed junk out of the door and sold it. Let the customers handle it. Great strategy for getting out front quickly. Can't hold a lead in the industry with QC issues like were seeing. I really don't see how Tesla can stay around for the long-term if they keep this up. The majors are in the game now. Still a bit behind in terms of production quantities but the quality is far better. Consumers ... when will you learn?

      10 days ago
  • HA HA HA HA I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN! I BLOODY HATE TESLAS (I hope Elon doesn't read this)

      6 days ago