Tesla Inc. recalled over 475,000 cars in the United States – nearly equal to its global deliveries last year – due to mechanical flaws that may raise the risk of an accident.
The business intends to recall all Model 3 vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2020, which might total 356,309 units. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, opening and shutting the trunk might damage the wire harness for the rear-view camera, preventing the picture from showing.
According to a second NHTSA announcement, Tesla is also recalling up to 119,009 Model S cars built in 2014 due to a defective front-trunk lock that might cause the hood to open suddenly. The business stated that it will remedy both concerns for free.
Tesla’s stock fell 1.5 percent in premarket trade. This year, the stock has risen by almost 54%.
The electric vehicle manufacturer has had a few run-ins with authorities. The NHTSA said earlier this month that it is investigating a new Tesla software upgrade that allows drivers to play video games on a dashboard screen while the vehicle is driving. The NHTSA is also conducting an inquiry into Tesla’s Autopilot technology. The investigation was begun by US officials following a dozen incidents involving first-responder cars at disaster scenes.
Tesla had to deploy a software repair to around 285,000 cars in China early this year – the majority of the vehicles it shipped there in recent years – to solve a safety concern found by the country’s regulator.