March 20, 2018

Tesla recalls 11000 Model X over faulty rear seats

13 October 2017, 07:24 | Melvin Schneider

Electric carmaker Tesla Inc is recalling 11,000 Model X sport utility vehicles worldwide due to a faulty locking mechanism in their rear seats that raises the risk of the seats falling forward in a crash. Tesla said it believes only 3 per cent of the recalled vehicles are affected by the issue, and a company spokesperson said it hasn't received any reports of accidents or injuries.

The Model X has suffered quality issues in the past, but the voluntary recall reiterates a notable habit of Tesla to act quickly on even minor issues, even after just a single incident. In April 2016, the company withdrew 2700 cars, since the third-row seat could move during accidents.

The issue was traced to a latch that could cause the seat on the left side of the second row to fall forward in the event of an crash.

Internal testing revealed that cables in second-row fold-flat seats in 2016 and 2017 model year vehicles might need to be adjusted to "ensure the safety" of those riding inside, a Tesla spokesperson said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

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It is the second time the model has been recalled because of problems with the seats.

Tesla began informing customers about the recall Thursday.

The Elon Musk-founded automaker says that the Model X problem is the result of cables within the seat that have not been properly tightened. Tesla Model X owners can take their vehicle to a dealer for repairs or reach out to Tesla's mobile fix units. There haven't been any reports of seat issues in the field.

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