Tesla Recalls Vehicles Over Seat Belt Safety Issues
Thursday saw not one, but two Tesla recalls as the electric vehicle maker tries to address potential seatbelt safety issues. In addition, Tesla told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it didn’t receive any reports of crashes or injuries relating to the issues prior to the recalls.
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Tesla Recalls Cars Due to Seat Belt Issues
The first Tesla recall involves 5,530 vehicles from its 2018-2020 Model 3 and 2019-2021 Model Y cars. Fasteners used to secure the front seat shoulder belt to the b-pillar may have trouble attaching.
The second Tesla recall covers 2,166 Model Y vehicles from 2019-2021. In this case, fasteners that secure the left and right second-row seat belt retractors may also find difficulty attaching properly.
With the Tesla recalls, the company will inspect and replace if needed the fasteners in question. Afterward, they will confirm if the fasteners now conform to the required specification.
The EV maker also added that in “the unlikely event that damage to the b-pillar hole threads and/or top loop is found during the inspection, Tesla Service will repair the hole threads and/or replace the top loop.”
Tesla said workers encountered some problems during the assembly process that ultimately led to a non-conformance. This required a subsequent manual inspection and repair of the fastener. The inspection showed that the fastener did not secure according to the correct specification.
Previous to the two Tesla recalls, the company also issued a more serious one. Last Wednesday, Tesla announced a recall of 5,974 US 2019-2021 Model 3 vehicles and 2020-2021 Model Y vehicles due to potential issues with the brake system.
In some models, brake caliper bolts might be loose and potentially lead to loss of tire pressure. Similar to the recalls mentioned earlier, Tesla is not aware of any crash or injury report related to the issue. The company will inspect and tighten, or replace, the caliper bolts as necessary.
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