Tesla, the tech titan led by Elon Musk, in a surprise move recalled around 11,000 Tesla Model X EV’s a few days ago. They cited an issue in the cables that controlled the seat recliners.
It has been mentioned that the flaw prevents the rear seats to adjusted back from a flat position and lock properly in its dedicated place. This may prove to be injurious for passengers in case of an accident.
“During recent internal testing, Tesla determined that a small number of cables in the second row fold-flat seats in some 2016 and 2017 Model X vehicles may need to be adjusted.
Although Tesla has not received reports of any issues or accidents relating to this condition, we will be conducting a voluntary recall to inspect the affected vehicles and confirm whether any adjustment is needed,” said a Tesla representative to TechCrunch.
According to Tesla, those Model X cars that are manufactured between October 2016 and August 2017 are affected. The company says that out of 11,000 EV’s only 3% actually are exhibiting the issue for now.
If you are one of the affected owners, you can take your Tesla Model X to the company’s service centre. Tesla says that fixing the flaw requires no extra tools and can be sorted within 10 minutes. Tesla will also provide mobile service centres to avoid inconvenience to customers.
The company has said that it will be emailing its Tesla Model X customers and will help them with appointments.
Previous track record of Tesla
This is not the first time Tesla has recalled its vehicles. In 2015, the company recalled 90,000 Model S sports sedan cars due to a defect in it’s seat belt. The defect was said to be with the seat belt’s pretensioner, which was not able to restrain the passengers during a car accident.
This was followed by another recall in early 2016. Here, the issue was regarding the rear seat belt. However, Tesla was lucky enough to recall the vehicles before any accidents took place.
In October 2016, Tesla recalled 53,000 Model X and Model S vehicles due to a problem in their parking brakes. The brakes restricted the vehicles to move during auto parking.
At that time the firm said that the defective brakes were supplied by a third-party firm. There were no accidents reported.
Tesla, however, is not the only one that has been facing such issues. In the past, major automobile makers too have recalled their vehicles.
Volkswagen faced its largest recall in the automobile history in 2015 when its Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) Diesel engines were found to be emitting around 12 times more pollution than specified by environmental regulations. Due to this Volkswagen had to recall around 11 million cars across the globe.
BMW in February this year recalled around 2,30,000 vehicles due to an issue in Takata airbags (third-party). The airbags were said to burst during a crash or worse, fail to deploy at all. This defect resulted in 17 deaths worldwide, according to a report by Reuters.