Nearly 16K Tesla Cars Recalled Over Safety Issue

Around 16,000 Tesla cars are being recalled due to a safety issue, according to ABC News. Tesla’s 2021-2023 Model S and Model X vehicles are reportedly experiencing issues with their front seatbelts after having been repaired. 

The safety report details that during a repair the seatbelt was disconnected from its pretensioner anchor, however, they may not have been reconnected properly once the repair was made. This can be dangerous for drivers because in the event of a collision, the seatbelt may not function as it otherwise would have, resulting in death or injury.   

While regulators opened an investigation into the matter in March, there have been 12 warranty claims in June. But Tesla is unaware of any crashes, injuries, or death related to the defective seatbelt. 

Tesla will mail its customers information pertaining to the recall and noted that the inspections and correction will be free. The company is also recalling around 1,300 cars due to a camera issue. Because the camera may not be aligned properly, the company said that certain safety features may not be available to the driver, including automatic emergency braking, warning forward collision, and lane assist. But the driver will not be informed of the unavailability of the features, which increases his risk of an accident. 

Late last month, about 1.2 million vehicles from Honda were being recalled because of a failure in the rearview camera image to display, according to Fox News. The recall affected the Odyssey minivans, Pilot SUVS, and the Passport SUVs. The camera issue was reportedly related to the coaxial cable connector and can put drivers and passengers at risk of a collision, regulators stated. 

While no injuries or deaths have been reported related to the matter, the company has had nearly a quarter of a million warranty claims from 2017 to June 2023.