Tesla to issue recalls for Model 3 and Model Y EVs to fix seat belt-related issue: NHTSA
Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla Motors will have to issue two new recalls related to issues with seat belts in the Model 3 electric sedan and Model Y crossover utility vehicle (CUV), the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced.
The NHTSA, an agency of the U.S. federal government and part of the Department of Transportation (DoT), said in a statement that the first recall might impact more than 5,000 Model 3 and Model Y EVs. The recall lists the Model 3 electric sedans with model years spanning from 2018 to 2020; while the Model Y crossovers being recalled have model years spanning from 2019 to 2021.
The recall of the Model 3 electric sedan points to an issue related to the EV’s seat belt fasteners that could have been improperly attached. The issue is related to the front seats in the vehicle. The second recall is for the Model Y crossover is related to an issue with the left and right second-row seats rather than the front seat.
Announcing the two new recalls, the NHTSA said, “Tesla Inc. is recalling certain 2018-2020 Model 3 and 2019-2021 Model Y vehicles. One or both fasteners that secure the front seat shoulder belt to the b-pillar may not be properly attached.”
When asked for a comment on the recalls announced by the federal agency, Elon Musk-led Tesla confirmed that it is recalling the Model 3 and Model Y EVs to fix seat belt-related issues. However, it claimed that it was not aware of any accident or injuries related to the issue. Nonetheless, Tesla Service technicians will duly inspect the EVs and either repair the seat belts or replace the inappropriately attached parts.
The American EV maker recently issued a similar recall for the Model 3 and Model Y in China, the world’s largest car market.
Recalling EVs is not new for Tesla as the Palo Alto, California-based electric car maker has issued numerous recalls to fix various issues in its EVs. Previously, the EV giant recalled some Model 3 electric sedans to proactively fix an upper control arm issue that wasn’t dangerous but would create squeaky sound, worrying many drivers and occupants who didn’t know what the cause was.
Now, Tesla has started reaching out to owners of the aforementioned EVs to make them aware of the seat belt-related issue and offer a fix free of cost.