This time it was TESLA’s turn to recall some products sold: the company recalled nearly half a million electric Model 3 released between 2017 and 2020, and some Model S cars. For the Model 3, Tesla believes the opening and closing of the trunk could damage the cable harness attaching the rearview camera, causing the camera to unexpectedly fail. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been discussing another camera issue with the automaker, while probing the company’s driver assistant system.The Model S issue is more serious: its front trunk could obstruct the driver’s view of the road if it flies open while driving. There are 475,318 vehicles subject to the recall, comprising 356,309 Model 3 vehicles and 119,109 Model S vehicles. Tesla identified 2,301 warranty claims and 601 field reports regarding the issue for U.S. vehicles but said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths related to the issue.
The company will compensate anyone who paid for relevant repairs before the recalls took effect. Tesla has subsequently agreed to remove gaming features while its cars are moving. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation over Autopilot safety, recalls for components like touchscreens, and complaints about build quality problems like panel gaps is also ongoing.