Tesla is recalling 475,318 Model 3 and Model S Units released between 2012 and 2020 to address potential technical defects. The carmaker initiated two voluntary recalls, one for rear-view camera in the Model 3 and the other for the front trunk latch issues in the Model 3.
In the case of the Model 3 cars, Tesla is recalling the vehicles due to a cable that may separate after wear and tear over time, blocking the rear-view camera causing the camera to fail. According to the recall notice filed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the “unavailability of the rearview camera display may affect the driver’s rear view and increase the risk of a collision.” On the other hand, the Model S issue is considered more concerning as failure to latch the front trunk could result to the hood opening unexpectedly, blocking the driver’s view.
Tesla estimates that only one percent of the Model 3 356,309 units will display defect compared to 14 percent of the 119,109 recalled Model S units.
For the Model 3, the company will inspect the recalled for wear, and equip the harness with a guide protector if the wear is within the specifications for the coaxial cable, or install a new harness and a guide protector for free if the wear is beyond the specifications. Customers who paid to service the trunk harness before the recall may be eligible for reimbursement. On the other hand, the Tesla will reposition the latch device at its service center for the Model S.
In June 2021, Tesla recalled over 285,000 Model 3 and Model Y units in China for a software bug that could enable passengers to accidentally activate autopilot.