Tesla just announced a recall of more than 24,000 Model 3s in the United States over a serious safety issue. If remote updates are usually sufficient for the manufacturer to fix these damages, the brand is obliged to recall these tens of thousands of vehicles to the workshop.
Teslas carry many electronic devices, and sometimes bugs and problems arise. Nevertheless, the American manufacturer has made it a habit to regulate this damage via remotely distributed software updates. A path for the world’s number one in electric cars Avoid costly and embarrassing physical recalls.
For example, in late September 2022, Tesla recalled more than a million vehicles over window security concerns. But a simple OTA update was enough to fix the problem. Of the 579,000 vehicles recalled in February 2022 for a dangerous pedestrian option, Tesla also remotely fixed the issue.
An OTA update is enough to fix the problem…
It should be noted that the NHTSA, the US federal agency responsible for road safety, is forced to issue a recall any time there is a safety-related issue. And this even if the affected manufacturer is not obliged to physically recall the vehicles. In fact, the spike in Tesla-related recalls in recent months could lead to the misconception that Tesla owners spend their lives in the garage.
Elon Musk has also expressed his anger at the issue, and urged NHTSA not to use the term “recall” when a simple OTA update is sufficient to resolve the issue. But this time, Tesla Model 3 owners affected by this complication will not miss a visit to the workshop.
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But not for Tesla this time
As reported by our colleagues from the Electrek site, Tesla has started emailing Model 3 users about a new recall : “Tesla has decided to proactively recall certain Model 3 vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2022 to review the installation of the left 2nd row seat belt buckle and center seat belt anchor for security and to ensure the components are fastened to specifications.
According to documents released by NHTSA, This recall affects 25,064 Model 3s manufactured since 2017. Note that the American agency has provided details on the nature of the problem. In your opinion, it’s not a manufacturing defect, it’s more like it an error that may be caused during a repair. It shows the two previously mentioned components “may have been incorrectly reassembled after disassembly for a service action”.
Tesla adds that after doing so, it decided to proactively proceed with this recall conducted a survey on this topic between mid-August and the end of September 2022. The manufacturer has identified 105 cases of incorrect assembly in the United States based on this investigation. Therefore, this reminder only affects the USA for the time being.
Source : electr