Palo Alto’s Tesla recalls half a million Model 3, Model S vehicles on safety issues



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Palo Alto’s Tesla recalls half a million Model 3, Model S vehicles on safety issues

On Thursday, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement that Tesla Inc., the Palo Alto, California-headquartered world’s most valuable automaker, would recall nearly 475,000 Model 3 and Model S EVs in order to take a closer look at their rear-view cameras alongside trunks which could potentially increase the risks of accidents, if remained unaddressed.

Aside from that, the US road safety regulator also had added in a statement earlier in the day that the Washington DC-based NHTSA had been in talks over addressing another camera issue with the e-vehicle industry trailblazer.

Besides, latest recall from Tesla Inc came forth at a time, while its driver assistant system is being probed by the US road and safety regulator following reports of at least 12 crashes. At least one of them had led to a death, though it was found that the driver had not been actively supervising the vehicle before it crashed.

The car was moving at a speed over 140 km/h. According to Tesla Inc, the automaker’s semi-autonomous driving system requires active supervision from drivers, which is effectively helping Tesla Inc avert lawsuits related to its driver assistant system.

Tesla Inc to recall 475,000 vehicles

Nevertheless, according to NHTSA, Tesla Inc vehicles ranging from model years 2014 and 2021 requiring garage-works at their rear-view cameras and trunks, would be subject to a recall, while the American multinational EV maker would be recalling 356,309 Model 3s sold between 2017 and 2020 to address rear-view camera issues.

Besides, 119,009 Model S Tesla vehicles would be recalled due to front hood problems, the NHTSA statement added. In tandem, the US road safety regulator said in the statement, “For Model 3 sedans, the rear-view camera cable harness may be damaged by the opening and closing of the trunk lid, preventing the rear-view camera image from displaying”.

Though, Tesla Inc did not comment over the issue while being asked.