Tesla Recalls Nearly Half A Million EVs Over Safety Issues

Tesla’s latest recall is one of the largest yet, with both the Model 3 and Model S affected. Front hood problems and rear-view camera issues are said to be the reasoning behind these upcoming recalls.

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Tesla will recall 356,000 of its Model 3 sedan and 119,000 Model S vehicles in the US

If you live in the US and are the proud owner of a Tesla Model 3 made between July 15, 2017 and September 30, 2020, then prepare yourself. The American automaker plans to recall around 356,309 Model 3s to address rear-view camera issues.

According to a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the cable harness for the rear-view camera may be damaged by repeatedly opening and closing the trunk. This file was submitted by Tesla on the 21st of December.

If the wear causes the core of the cable to separate “the rear-view camera feed is not visible on the centre display”, the report states.

Fortunately, thanks to a recent report from Teslarati, it would appear that only 1% of the recalled vehicles are likely affected by this issue.

Versions of the Model S (made between 2014 to 2021) will also be recalled due to potential problems with the front trunk. A total of 119,009 Model S vehicles will be recalled to look at issues surrounding the “secondary latch” located on the front boot.

In another Safety Call report filed this month, Tesla notes the fault could mean that the front truck “may open without warning and obstruct the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.”

This is what it says on the NHTSA website:

“Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2014-2021 Model S vehicles. The front trunk latch assembly may be misaligned, preventing the secondary hood latch from engaging. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 113, ‘Hood Latch System.'”

Unlike the Model 3 issues, it is predicted that around 14% of Model S’s may have this defect.

In both reports, the electric car brand states that: “Tesla is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths” when referencing the potential faults to two of its highly popular vehicles.

Just last week, Tesla agreed to alter its Passenger Play feature, which originally allowed drivers to play games on the dash touchscreen while driving. Tesla made this change after a previous investigation launched by the NHTSA. Now, the feature will remain locked as the car travels.

This isn’t the first time Tesla has recalled some of its vehicles, and it might not be the last. What do you make of these recalls? Leave us a comment down below.

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