Tesla recalls nearly half a million cars over potential safety issues

Tesla has recalled nearly half a million cars over potential safety issues.

The electric vehicle company recalled 356,309 Model 3 units from 2017 to 2020 to address issues with the rear-view camera, as well as 119,009 Model S units due to front bonnet problems.

According to the US road safety regulator, these issues increase the risk of crashing, which has led to Tesla’s recall.

For the Model 3, Tesla believes the opening and closing of the boot could damage the cable harness attaching the rear-view camera, causing the camera to unexpectedly fail.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said: "Unavailability of the rear-view camera display may affect the driver's rear view and increase the risk of a collision.”

For affected Model 3 owners, Tesla has pledged to install a new cable harness and guide protector free of charge.

The Model S issue is more serious, potentially preventing the front bonnet from fully latching, which could obstruct the driver’s view of the road if it flies open while driving.

In the affected Model S cars, Tesla told NHTSA in an official filing that: “The front trunk latch assembly may be misaligned, preventing the secondary hood latch from engaging.”

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

Tesla estimates that only 1% of the Model 3 vehicles will actually display the defect, compared to 14% of the recalled Model S vehicles.

The Model 3 flaw doesn't exist in 2021 and newer production runs, while Model S drivers are safe if their EVs were built after December 23, 2020.

Tesla shares were down 1.1% in premarket trading on Thursday.

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