Tesla issues a recall for thousands of Model 3 and Model S electric cars

Tesla is recalling more than 475,000 of its Model 3 and Model S electric cars to address rear-view camera and bonnet issues that increase the risk of crashing.

Key points:

  • The US company is recalling thousands of Model 3 and Model S electric vehicles
  • Model 3 rear-view camera cable harnesses could be damaged by opening and closing the boot
  • Problems with the bonnet latch on the Model S vehicle could lead the compartment to open without warning

Tesla shares were down 1.1 per cent in premarket trading on Thursday.

The US electric vehicle manufacturer is recalling 356,309 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles to address rear-view camera issues and 119,009 Model S vehicles due to bonnet problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

The total number of recalled vehicles is close to the half a million vehicles Tesla delivered last year.

Tesla could not be reached for comment.

For Model 3 sedans, "the rear-view camera cable harness may be damaged by the opening and closing of the trunk [boot] lid, preventing the rear-view camera image from displaying," the NHTSA said.

For Model S vehicles, bonnet latch problems may lead the front compartment to open "without warning and obstruct the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash," Tesla said.

There are no known crashes or deaths related to the issues. (AP: Jon Super)

Tesla is not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths related to the issues with its Model 3 and Model S cars, the NHTSA said.

Tesla is being investigated by the NHTSA over other issues. The NHTSA had opened a probe on 580,000 Tesla vehicles over the automaker's decision to allow games to be played on car screens while they are in motion.

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Tesla has subsequently agreed to stop allowing video games to be played on vehicle screens while its cars are moving, according to the NHTSA.

In August, the NHTSA opened a formal safety probe into Tesla's driver assistance system Autopilot after a series of crashes involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles.

Under pressure from NHTSA, Tesla in February agreed to recall 135,000 vehicles with touch-screen displays that could fail and raise the risk of a crash.


Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news

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