Tesla is recalling over 475,000 Model 3 and Model S electric vehicles in the United States due to rearview camera and trunk faults that enhance the risk of a catastrophe, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Model 3 and Model S are the subjects of the recalls
While investigating the automaker’s driving assistance technology, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been addressing another camera problem with the corporation.
The impacted model years in the recall are 2014 through 2021, and the total number of recalled cars is almost equal to the half-million Tesla vehicles delivered last year. China’s market regulator said that 200,000 Tesla automobiles would be recalled.
According to the federal authority, Tesla is recalling 356,309 Model 3 cars from 2017 to 2020 owing to rearview camera concerns and 119,009 Model S vehicles due to front hood difficulties.
In the case of Model 3’s, “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 NHTSA said.
Tesla will recall over 200,000 cars in China, according to China’s market regulator, including 19,697 imported Model S, 35,836 imported Model 3, and 144,208 China-made Model 3.
According to a notice on the website of the State Administration for Market Regulation, Tesla is recalling these electric vehicles made between 2015 and 2020 owing to probable security issues such as the unexpected opening of the trunk lid while moving.
Problems with the camera
The NHTSA said earlier this month that it was in talks with Tesla regarding side-view camera concerns in select cars.
Tesla was replacing faulty repeater cameras in the front fenders of certain US-made cars without recalling the equipment, according to CNBC. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into 580,000 Tesla cars after the carmaker decided to allow games to be played on car displays while driving.
According to the NHTSA, Tesla has agreed to eliminate such gaming elements while its vehicles are in motion.
Under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla agreed in February to recall 135,000 cars with touch-screen displays that might malfunction, increasing the risk of an accident.
After a series of collisions between Tesla models and emergency vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began a formal safety investigation investigating Tesla Inc’s driver assistance system Autopilot in August.
Issues with the Tesla steering system as well
Due to a defect in the vehicle’s front and rear steering knuckles, Tesla China has issued a recall for 21,559 domestically produced Model Ys. Model Ys built in the United States between February 4 and October 30, 2021, are included in the recall.
A post regarding the Model Y steering problems said “The steering knuckle may be deformed or broken during the use of the vehicle, and the suspension link may fall out of the steering knuckle under extreme stress conditions, which affects the driving and control of the vehicle, increases the risk of collision accidents, and poses safety hazards.”
It’s unclear if the number of Model Ys recalled just refers to automobiles sold in China, or whether it includes cars that were delivered outside. After all, the Gigafactory Shanghai is the company’s principal car export center, and it has been exporting the Model 3 and Model Y to European and Asian nations for the last year.
Vehicle recalls are typical across manufacturers, but Tesla has a tiny advantage in terms of how it can solve some of its vehicles’ concerns through over-the-air software upgrades. This is exactly what the business did earlier this year in China when it was compelled to install an audible chime to notify drivers when Traffic-Aware Cruise Control was active or off. However, since the newly announced front and rear steering knuckles recall involves a hardware problem, the company will have to repair its cars in an old-fashioned manner.