Tesla has just announced a recall of more than 24,000 Model 3s in the United States due to a major safety issue. If usually, remote updates are enough for the manufacturer to resolve these damages, the brand is obliged to recall these tens of thousands of vehicles to the garage.
Teslas carry a lot of electronic equipment, and sometimes bugs and problems occur. Nevertheless, the American manufacturer has taken the habit of settling these damages via software updates distributed remotely. A way for the world number one in electric cars avoid costly and embarrassing physical callbacks.
At the end of September 2022, Tesla, for example, recalled more than one million vehicles due to a concern with window safety. But a simple OTA update was enough to fix the problem. Regarding the 579,000 vehicles recalled in February 2022 because of a dangerous option for pedestrians, here again, Tesla corrected the problem remotely.
An OTA update is enough to fix the problem…
It should be noted that each time there is a problem related to safety, the NHTSA, the American federal agency in charge of road safety, is forced to issue a recall. And this even if the manufacturer concerned is not obliged to physically recall the vehicles. In fact, the proliferation of Tesla-related recalls in recent months may lead one to believe, wrongly, that Tesla owners spend their lives at the garage.
Elon Musk has also expressed his annoyance on the subject, inviting the NHTSA not to use the term “Recall” when a simple OTA update is enough to solve the problem. But this time, the owners of Tesla Model 3 concerned by this complication will not escape a visit to the garage.
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But not this time for Tesla
As reported by our colleagues from the Electrek site, Tesla has started emailing Model 3 users about a new recall : “Tesla has decided to proactively recall certain Model 3 vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2022 to inspect the assembly of the left 2nd row seat belt buckle and center seat belt anchor to ensure safety. ensure that components are fixed according to specifications.
According to documents released by the NHTSA, this recall affects 25,064 Model 3s manufactured since 2017. Note that the American agency has provided details on the nature of the problem. According to her, it is not a manufacturing defect, but rather an error potentially caused during a repair. It indicates the two previously mentioned components “may have been reassembled incorrectly after disassembly for a service action”.
Tesla adds that it decided to proceed proactively with this recall after having conducted a survey between mid-August and the end of September 2022 on the subject. The manufacturer has detected on the basis of this examination 105 cases of incorrect reassembly in the United States. This is why this reminder concerns for the moment only the USA.
Source : Electrek