Tesla is recalling almost 500k cars because of safety problems.


Tesla has recalled nearly 500,000 cars because of problems with rearview cameras and hood latches that could make them more dangerous, federal safety officials said Thursday.

Recall letters sent by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on December 29 say that 356,309 Tesla Model 3 sedans from model years 2017 through 2020 and 119,009 Model S sedans from model years 2014 through 2021 are affected by the recall.

The rearview camera cable in some Model 3 cars may have been damaged by a lot of opening and closing of their trunk lids, the safety regulator said. The problem could stop “the rearview camera image from being shown,” says the NHTSA.

The front hood latches on some Model S cars may be out of place, which could make the hood not close properly and make it “open unexpectedly, obscuring the driver’s view and increasing the risk of a crash.”

Officials from the federal government said Thursday that Tesla has recalled nearly 500,000 cars because of safety problems, and they want to fix them.
REUTERS/Aly Song took this photo.

Tesla didn’t answer right away when we asked them for comment. Shares of the company fell as much as 3% in early trading on Thursday, but they recovered and were even at midday.

People who own a Tesla and are affected by the recall will get letters in February. The electric car company said it was aware of 2,301 warranty claims and 601 field reports about a problem with Model 3 cars as of mid-December.

This is what Tesla said: It didn’t know about any crashes, injuries, or deaths that were caused by either problem. The company wants to fix the flaws for nothing.

The inside of a Tesla car Model 3

There are 356,309 Model 3 sedans and 119,009 Model S sedans that are part of the recall. They were made between 2017 and 2020.

The vehicle recall will take place in the midst of increased federal investigation of Tesla automobiles. Following criticism from safety experts, Tesla decided to restrict access to in-car video games while vehicles are in motion.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration questioned Tesla officials in October to explain why they didn’t issue a recall when they applied a previous software update to fix a safety concern with the company’s “Autopilot” semiautonomous driving system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a formal investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot function in August, looking into 12 crashes in which Tesla vehicles using Autopilot may have failed to notice emergency vehicles.

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