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Tesla recalls nearly half a million electric cars over safety issues

Tesla recalls nearly half a million electric cars over safety issues

January 4, 2022: -Tesla recalls over 475,000 of its Model 3 and Model S electric cars to address rearview camera and trunk issues that increase the risk of crashing.

Tesla shares decreased as much as 3% in the morning but rebounded and were last trading slightly higher around $1,088.76. The federal regulator has discussed one more camera issue with the automaker while probing the electric vehicle manufacturer’s driver assistant system and different issues.

The model years affected in the recall range from 2014 to 2021, and the total number of recalled vehicles is nearly equivalent to the half a million cars Tesla delivered last year.

The U.S. electric vehicle manufacturer recalls 356,309 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles to address rearview camera issues and 119,009 Model S cars because of the front hood problems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

For Model 3 sedans, “the rearview camera cable harness may be damaged by the opening and closing of the trunk lid, which prevents the rearview camera image from displaying,” the NHTSA said.

Tesla identified 2,301 warranty claims and 601 field reports regarding the issue for U.S. vehicles.

For Model S vehicles, front hood latch problems may lead a trunk to open “without warning and obstruct the driver’s visibility, which increases the risk of a crash,” Tesla said.

The NHTSA said that Tesla said that it was not aware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths related to the issues cited in the recall of Model 3 and Model S cars.

This month, the NHTSA said it discussed with Tesla over side view camera issues in some vehicles.

CNBC had reported that Tesla was replacing defective repeater cameras in the front fenders of some U.S.-made vehicles without recalling the parts.

The NHTSA invests 580,000 Tesla vehicles over the automaker’s decision to allow games on car screens while they are in motion.

According to the NHTSA, Tesla has subsequently agreed to stop allowing video games on vehicle screens while its cars are moving.

Under pressure from NHTSA, Tesla in February accepted to recall 135,000 vehicles with touch-screen displays that could fail and raise the risk of a crash.

In August, the NHTSA opened a formal safety probe into Tesla Inc’s driver assistance system Autopilot after a series of crashes that involved Tesla models and emergency vehicles.

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