Tesla Has Recalled Around Half A Million Model S And Model 3 Vehicles, Here’s Why
Elon Musk’s Tesla has issued recalls on two of its vehicle types, affecting nearly half a million electric cars that are currently on the roads. The recalls affect certain batches of the company’s Model 3 and Model S vehicles.
The required fixes for both the Model 3 and Model S vehicles are relatively small and easy in nature but the sheer number of affected vehicles will put a heavy strain on Tesla’s global servicing teams.
Not all vehicles in the recall will actually need a part replaced but the company needs to inspect the car in the first instance in order to determine if any maintenance work is required.
Relating to the Model S – the more expensive of the two vehicles – the recall notice relates to the car’s front trunk, which may have been assembled incorrectly on the production line. If affected, this erroneous assembly could potentially cause the front trunk to open by itself, presumably either whilst stationary or whilst in transit. The affected vehicles are from 2014 to 2021 and are 119,000 in number, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
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.”
The second recall notice on the more affordable Tesla Model 3 affects 356,309 vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2020. Again, this is an assembly issue but this time related to the rearview camera harness that could potentially allow damage to occur to the camera and prevent it from working effectively.
Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling all 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles. The rearview camera cable harness may be damaged by the opening and closing of the trunk lid, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying.
The Model S issue seems slightly more serious than the issue affecting the Model 3 due to the potential for the front trunk to unexpectedly open whilst in motion. The fixes are relatively small for a company like Tesla but it still maintains a logistical nightmare that the company could do without going into 2022.