Tesla recalls nearly half a million electric cars over safety concerns


SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is recalling more than 475,000 of its Model 3 and Model S electric cars to address backup camera and trunk issues that increase the risk of accidents, a said the US regulator of road safety. Thursday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discussed another camera issue with the automaker, while probing the company’s driver assistance system.

The affected model years fall into the recall range of 2014 to 2021, and the total number of recalled vehicles is almost equivalent to the half a million Tesla vehicles delivered last year.

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The U.S. electric vehicle maker is recalling 356,309 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles for rearview camera issues and 119,009 Model S vehicles due to front hood issues, the federal regulator said.

Tesla could not be reached for comment.

For Model 3 sedans, “the rear view camera wiring harness can be damaged by opening and closing the trunk lid, preventing the rear view camera image from being displayed,” NHTSA said. .

Tesla has identified 2,301 warranty claims and 601 field reports regarding the issue for US vehicles.

For Model S vehicles, locking problems can cause a front trunk to open “without warning and obstruct the driver’s view, increasing the risk of an accident,” Tesla said.

China-made Tesla Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its plant in Shanghai, China on January 7, 2020. REUTERS / Aly Song

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Tesla said it was not aware of any accidents, injuries or deaths related to the issues cited in the recall of the Model 3 and Model S cars, the NHTSA said.

Tesla shares fell 3% in the morning, but rebounded and traded slightly higher around $ 1,088.76 for the last time. The world’s most valued automaker is expected to post record quarterly vehicle deliveries as early as Saturday.

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This month, the NHTSA said it was discussing with Tesla the side-view camera issues in some vehicles. L1N2SU2EA

CNBC had reported that Tesla was replacing faulty repeating cameras in the front fenders of some US-made vehicles without recalling the parts.

The NHTSA has investigated 580,000 Tesla vehicles over the automaker’s decision to allow games on car screens while they are in motion. Read more

Tesla later agreed to remove these gaming features while its cars were on the move, according to NHTSA. Read more

Under pressure from NHTSA, Tesla agreed in February to recall 135,000 vehicles with touch screens that could break down and increase the risk of an accident. Read more

In August, the NHTSA opened a formal safety investigation into the Tesla Inc Autopilot driver assistance system after a series of crashes involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles. Read more

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Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin in San Francisco and Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by David Clarke, Anil D’Silva, Alistair Bell and David Gregorio

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