Tesla recalls 500,000 vehicles over design flaw



Nearly 500,000 vehicles of the American brand were recalled in the United States by the latter ten days ago. Tesla engineers have noticed a design problem with the trunk of some models.

The leading seller of electric cars is once again singled out. Near 500,000 vehicles Tesla’s Model 3 and S have been recalled in the United States by the manufacturer. On December 21, the US road safety agency, NHTSA, was notified. At the origin of this massive appeal, a design defect vehicles, located at the level of the chests which will increase the risk of accidents. Tesla nevertheless assured thatno mishap was not caused by this error. In total, 356 309 Model 3 and 119 009 Model S are repatriated by this procedure.

Excessive wear on the reversing camera cable

For the Tesla Model 3, the manufacturer said that repeatedly opening and closing the trunk could result in excessive wear of the coaxial cable, connected to the reversing camera. Eventually, this option could become unavailable to the driver. On Model Ss, the potential problem is in the front trunk. One of trunk latches could be incorrectly positioned. It would therefore be possible to see it open while driving and block the driver’s visibility, which increases the risk of an accident.

Tesla will not charge for these repairs

Any repairs made for these design flaws will be supported by the Californian manufacturer. Customers who have already done this before the recall should not be refunded, however. For Model 3s, Tesla plans to install for free a new harness and a new cable protector. Regarding the Model S, the company believes that a simple repositioning the safety latch is enough.

Of the nearly 500,000 vehicles recalled by the brand, Tesla estimates that only 1% of Tesla Model 3 recalled will present this design flaw and that only 14% of Model S will be affected.

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