Today, electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has issued a voluntary recall on roughly 500,000 Tesla Model 3 and Model S vehicles ranging from 2017 to 2020. The manufacturer has discovered a potential safety hazard in both vehicle types, and while they estimate that only 1% of Model 3s and 14% of Model Ses may be affected, they’d rather be safe than sorry.
According to the recall documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the two vehicle types have unique problems. For the Model 3s, Tesla discovered a potential weakness in the cables connecting the rearview camera to the rest of the car, one that could be frayed by the opening and closing of the trunk. If the cable were to break, the rear camera would fail. The Model S vehicles have a potentially more severe problem in their front trunks, specifically a flaw in the latch that may prevent them from closing all the way. If the latch were to unhook while in transit, the front trunk would open, completely blinding the driver.
Elon Musk’s Tesla announces a recall of over 475,000 cars due to issues with the rear-view camera and front trunk latches. pic.twitter.com/oiNPHoIGtG
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Tesla is urging all Model 3 and Model S owners to bring their cars into the nearest dealer for repairs. For the Model 3, new, stronger cable harnesses will be installed on the rear camera free of charge. For the Model S, Tesla believes the problem can be solved with a simple repositioning of the latch, which can also be accomplished free of charge.