A hard blow for Tesla at the end of the year. Electric vehicle maker Tesla has initiated a recall of nearly half a million Model 3s and Model S models in the United States due to problems with vehicle trunks. Documents were sent on December 21 to the American road safety agency, the NHTSA, which took note of this recall. A total of 356,309 Model 3 and 119,009 Model S are affected by this procedure.
Model S trunk likely to open unexpectedly
In the case of Model 3s, Tesla states that “repeated opening and closing of the trunk door may cause excessive wear on the coaxial cable” connected to the rear view camera, which may render the camera unavailable. for the driver.
As for the Model S, the potential problem comes from the misalignment of one of the trunk latches located at the front of the vehicle. “The front trunk is likely to open unexpectedly and obstruct the driver’s visibility, which increases the risk of an accident,” Tesla said.
A free repair?
The company estimates that 1% of Model 3s and 14% of Model S recalled will exhibit the manufacturing defect. To remedy the issue for affected Model 3s, Tesla is planning to install a new harness and cable guard free of charge.
For Model S, the manufacturer believes that a simple repositioning of the safety latch is sufficient. Customers who paid for this operation before the recall should not be reimbursed, Tesla said. The automaker stressed that this potential defect had not, to its knowledge, caused any accidents or injuries.