An exceptional safety-related physical recall for 24,000 vehicles

Tesla, known for fixing most faults through remote updates, is forced to launch a massive physical recall campaign. A total of 24,000 Model 3s in the US alone are currently affected.

With the development of remote OTA updates, it is becoming increasingly easy for automakers to upgrade their vehicles or fix minor issues. Tesla is a past master of this practice when it was one of the first brands to offer this technology.

A real physical reminder

As detailed in a graphic posted by the account on Twitter Stock Talk Weekly, the American brand is one of the least affected by recalls in the US. And in most cases, these are resolved with a simple air refresh. This is especially true of the safety issue with the windows, which NHTSA, our French equivalent of road safety, has called for a recall. A simple software modification was enough to solve the problem.

Even so, it still happens that Tesla has to carry out physical recalls for defects that require actual repairs. The last time the European Commission ordered the recall of the Tesla Model S produced between 2014 and 2021 was last April.

This morning there is a headline about Tesla $TSLA Recalls 1.1 million vehicles. This is typical NHTSA FUD.

Tesla said it will be rolling out an over-the-air software update to fix the problem with its automatic window replacement system.

This is *not* a physical callback.

— Stock Talk Weekly (@stocktalkweekly) September 22, 2022

Today, Elon Musk’s company is launching a new campaign for another security challenge. As explained by the American press agency Reutersat least 24,000 Tesla Model 3s have to go to the workshop this time due to seat belt concerns.

In an email sent to their customers and forwarded by the site Electrekthe company emphasizes that it has proactively decided to call back Some Model 3 vehicles built between 2017 and 2022 inspect second row left seat belt buckle and center seat belt anchor assembly to ensure components are fastened as specified“.

Maintenance problem

NHTSA, for its part, has provided more details about the cause of the problem, which is not a manufacturing concern, but rather a result of the belts coming off during maintenance. The organization states that “ Servicing certain components on Model 3 vehicles requires removal of the left second row seat belt buckle and center seat belt anchor, both of which are attached with the same bolt. Both components may be assembled incorrectly after dismantling during repair work“.

Therefore, the concerned customers are being contacted by the brand, who will fully bear the repair costs. The procedure should be quick, as it is enough to check the anchorage of the belt and possibly reassemble the components.

This campaign is currently US only, while nothing has been announced for Europe yet. The recall follows an investigation by Tesla last August after at least 105 incidents of belt tightening following repair operations. However, no casualties or injuries were reported.

The brand is also facing legal proceedings, this time related to various accidents involving the Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system. He is accused by American justice of deceiving his customers, who were convinced that they could move their cars on their own without any intervention.

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