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.
- 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.
Tesla's Autopilot system has been blamed for 17 injuries and one death on American roads.
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.