Tesla is recalling 3,470 Model Y vehicles in the US over concerns that bolts in the second-row seat back frames may not be securely tightened. The electric vehicle maker due to the possibility of loose bolts reducing the performance of the seat belt system, and increasing injury risks with a crash issued this recall. While Tesla estimates that only 4% of the recalled cars have the defect, the company has already received five warranty claims since the discovery that might stem from the insecure bolts. However, the company is not aware of any injuries or deaths relating to the problem.
Tesla has stated that it will inspect the bolts on recalled vehicles and “if necessary retorque them to specifications.” The company has also revealed that it does not plan to issue any reimbursements because there are “no warranty repairs related to these conditions.”
Tesla’s recall of Model Y vehicles may come as a surprise to many, considering that the company is widely known for its safety features and high-quality build standards. However, it’s worth noting that even the most reliable cars can experience safety issues, and it’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to address such concerns to ensure the safety of its customers.
This is not the first time Tesla has had to recall its vehicles. In fact, last month, Tesla issued a voluntary recall on 362,758 vehicles that had received or were due to get a software update for the carmaker’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature. The recall was issued because the company had identified that the FSD feature may cause the vehicles to disobey local traffic laws, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also confirmed that this issue affects select vehicles across all Tesla models, which is why Tesla has paused the rollout of the FSD Beta “until the software version containing the fix is available.”
Tesla’s recall on FSD has been making headlines for weeks, and it’s no surprise that other media outlets are reporting on it too. However, this article focuses on Tesla’s recall of Model Y vehicles, and why it’s crucial for customers to take this issue seriously.
What Led to Tesla’s Recall of Model Y Vehicles?
According to a regulatory filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the loose bolts in the second-row seat back frames were identified on Dec. 10, when an operator in Tesla’s Fremont, California, facility noted that the second-row seats had not been properly screwed in. Tesla’s recall on Model Y vehicles is due to the possibility of these loose bolts reducing the performance of the seat belt system, which in turn can increase injury risks in the case of a crash.
Tesla has estimated that only 4% of the recalled cars have the defect, which may seem like a small number, but it’s worth noting that even a minor defect in a car’s safety system can have catastrophic consequences. This is why it’s crucial for Tesla owners to take this recall seriously and take their vehicles to a Tesla service center for inspection and repair.
What Should Tesla Model Y Owners Do?
If you’re a Tesla Model Y owner, contact your nearest Tesla service center as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for inspection and repair. Tesla has already started notifying affected customers, and if your car is part of the recall, you’ll receive a notification from Tesla.
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Once your car is inspected, Tesla will retorque the bolts to specifications if necessary. Tesla is not issuing any reimbursements for this recall, but it’s still essential to get your car inspected and repaired as soon as possible to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.
Tesla’s recall of Model Y vehicles may come as a surprise to many, but it’s