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Tesla recalls almost half a million electric cars over safety issues

Tesla recalls over 475,000 electric vehicles
Tesla recalls over 475,000 electric vehicles   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p>By Hyunjoo Jin</p> <p><span class="caps">SAN</span> <span class="caps">FRANCISCO</span> – Tesla Inc is recalling more than 475,000 of its Model 3 and Model S electric cars to address rearview camera and trunk issues that increase the risk of crashing, the U.S. road safety regulator said on Thursday. </p> <p>The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (<span class="caps">NHTSA</span>) has been discussing another camera issue with the automaker, while probing the company’s driver assistant system.</p> <p>The model years affected in the recall range from 2014 to 2021, and the total number of recalled vehicles is almost equivalent to the half a million vehicles Tesla delivered last year. </p> <p>Around 200,000 Tesla vehicles will be recalled in China, the country’s market regulator said on Friday. </p> <p>The U.S. electric vehicle manufacturer is recalling 356,309 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles to address rearview camera issues and 119,009 Model S vehicles due to front hood problems, the federal regulator said. </p> <p>Tesla could not be reached for comment. </p> <p>For Model 3 sedans, “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 <span class="caps">NHTSA</span> said. </p> <p>Tesla identified 2,301 warranty claims and 601 field reports regarding the issue for U.S. vehicles. </p> <p>For Model S vehicles, latch problems may lead a front trunk to open “without warning and obstruct the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash,” Tesla said. </p> <p>Tesla said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths related to the issues cited in the recall of Model 3 and Model S cars, the <span class="caps">NHTSA</span> said.</p> <p>Tesla shares fell as much as 3% in the morning but rebounded and were last trading slightly higher around $1,088.76. The world’s most valuable automaker is expected to report record quarterly vehicles deliveries as early as Saturday.</p> <p>China’s market regulator said that Tesla will recall close to 200,000 vehicles in the country, including 19,697 imported model S, 35,836 imported model 3, and 144,208 China-made model 3.</p> <p>Tesla is recalling these electric cars produced ranging from 2015 and 2020 due to possible security risks such as sudden opening of the trunk lid during movement, according to a post on the website of State Admistration for Market Regulation.</p> <p><span class="caps">CAMERA</span> <span class="caps">ISSUE</span></p> <p>This month, the <span class="caps">NHTSA</span> said it was talking with Tesla about sideview camera issues in some vehicles. [L1N2SU2EA] </p> <p><span class="caps">CNBC</span> had reported that Tesla was replacing defective repeater cameras in the front fenders of some U.S.-made vehicles without recalling the parts.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">NHTSA</span> has been investigating 580,000 Tesla vehicles over the automaker’s decision to allow games to be played on car screens while they are in motion.</p> <p>Tesla has subsequently agreed to remove such gaming features while its cars are moving, according to the <span class="caps">NHTSA</span>.</p> <p>Under pressure from <span class="caps">NHTSA</span>, Tesla in February agreed to recall 135,000 vehicles with touch-screen displays that could fail and raise the risk of a crash.</p> <p>In August, the <span class="caps">NHTSA</span> opened a formal safety probe into Tesla Inc’s driver assistance system Autopilot after a series of crashes involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles. </p> <p/> </div>