Tesla is recalling 3,470 Model Y vehicles due to tire problems

The recall was made due to concerns that the screws in the rear tires of the second-row seats may not have been tightened securely.

Tesla said it is recalling 3,470 Model Y vehicles in the United States over concerns that screws in the second-row seat's rear tires may not have been securely tightened.

In a regulatory filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the electric car maker said the deadbolts may reduce the performance of the seatbelt system, and increase the risk of injury in the event of a car crash.

Tesla is recalling 3,470 Model Y vehicles

  • Tesla estimates that 4% of recalled cars have a defect, which the company says it identified on December 10, when an operator at Tesla's Fremont, California facility noticed that the second-row seats were not installed properly.

  • The electric car maker said it has identified five warranty claims it has received since the discovery that may stem from unsecured bolts, and that it was not aware of any related injuries or deaths due to the recall.

  • Tesla said it will check the bolts on the recalled vehicles and "if necessary reset them to specification." The company added that it does not plan to issue any damages because "there are no warranty fixes related to these terms."

  • The automaker added that a supplier implemented improved process controls along with improved training and supervision in an effort to ensure the bolts were tightened correctly.

  • Last month, Tesla issued a voluntary recall of 362,758 vehicles that have already received or been due to a software update to the automaker's full self-driving (FSD) feature, which the company says could cause vehicles to disobey local traffic laws and increase the risk of breakdown.

  • According to NHTSA, this issue affects select vehicles in all Tesla models: the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y.


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