Nearly half a million Tesla Model 3, Model S electric cars recalled over safety issues

The US road safety regulator said on Thursday that Tesla Inc. is recalling more than 475,000 of its Model 3 and Model S electric cars to address rearview camera and trunk issues that increase the risk of crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is discussing another camera issue with the automaker while investigating the company’s driver assistance system.

The affected model years in the recall range from 2014 to 2021, and the total number of recalled vehicles roughly equals half a million vehicles that Tesla delivered last year. The federal regulator said the US electric vehicle maker is recalling 356,309 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles due to rearview camera issues and 119,009 Model S vehicles with front hood problems.

Tesla could not be reached for comment. For Model 3 sedans, “the rearview camera cable harness may be damaged by the trunk lid opening and closing, preventing the rearview camera image from being displayed,” NHTSA said.

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Tesla identified 2,301 warranty claims and 601 field reports in relation to the issue for US vehicles. For Model S vehicles, latch problems can cause the front trunk to “open without warning and obstruct driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash,” Tesla said.

NHTSA said Tesla said it was not aware of any accidents, injuries or deaths related to the issues cited in the recall of Model 3 and Model S cars. This month, NHTSA said it was talking with Tesla about sideview camera issues in some vehicles.

CNBC reported that Tesla was replacing faulty repeater cameras in the front fenders of some US-made vehicles without recalling the parts. NHTSA is investigating 580,000 Tesla vehicles over the automaker’s decision to allow games to be played on car screens while they are in motion.

According to NHTSA, Tesla has since agreed to remove such gaming features while its cars are on the move. Under pressure from the NHTSA, Tesla agreed in February to recall 135,000 vehicles with touch-screen displays that can fail and increase the risk of a crash.

In August, NHTSA launched a formal safety investigation into Tesla Inc.’s driver assistance system Autopilot after a series of accidents involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles.

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