By Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg
Tesla has recalled about 475,000 cars in the US – roughly the same as its global deliveries last year – because of technical problems that can increase the risk of a crash.
The company plans to recall all Model 3 vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2020 — that is, 356,309 vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says cables for the rear view camera can be damaged by opening and closing the trunk and preventing images from showing.
Tesla is also recalling up to 119,009 Model S vehicles assembled since 2014 because a faulty front trunk latch can cause the hood to open unexpectedly, according to a separate NHTSA statement also posted on its website Thursday. . The company says it will fix both problems free of charge.
NHTSA says Tesla has identified 2,305 warranty claims that could be related to either malfunction, but the automaker is not aware of any related crashes, injuries or deaths.
Shares of Tesla weathered an early decline of as much as 3% to trade 2.3% down at 1,060.88 as of 9:40 a.m. in New York. Shares are up about 50% this year.
While the scope of the recall is huge for Tesla, such callbacks are increasingly common in the auto industry. By 2020, the recalls involve more than 300 car models and affect nearly 28 million vehicles, excluding recalls related to Takata airbags, according to Chicago-based consulting firm Stout. , according to Chicago-based consulting firm Stout.
Tesla’s recalls do not appear to be related to more controversial issues related to regulatory oversight of the electric carmaker’s technology.
NHTSA earlier this month said it was reviewing a recent Tesla software update that would allow drivers to play video games on the dashboard screen while the vehicle is in motion. NHTSA is also investigating Tesla’s autonomous driving system. The probe was launched by US regulators following dozens of crash-scene crashes involving first responders.
Earlier this year, Tesla had to fix the software for more than 285,000 cars in China – most of the vehicles it has delivered there in recent years – to address a safety issue that the regulator’s determined by this country.
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