Tesla Recall 2021: Nearly 500,000 Model 3, Model S Owners Are At Risk Of These Safety Issues


Tesla (TSLA) has issued a recall for nearly 500,000 Model 3 and Model S EVs over safety issues that could increase the risk of a crash for drivers.

The recall affects 356,309 2017 to 2020 Model 3 and 119,009 certain 2014 to 2021 Model S sedans.

In the Model 3s, the rearview camera may have a damaged cable harness that could have been caused by opening and closing the trunk lid. This could prevent the rearview camera image from displaying, reducing the driver’s rearview visibility and increasing the potential risk of a crash.

To repair the issue, Tesla Service will inspect and install a guide protector and new cable harness, as necessary, at no charge to Model 3 vehicle owners.

The recall for the Model S EVs stems from a problem with the front truck hood, which may unexpectedly open, obstructing the driver’s view while driving, which could lead to a crash.

According to Tesla, if the primary latch for the front truck hood is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, this could cause the hood to open without warning. This may have been caused by the misalignment of the front truck latch assembly, which could prevent the secondary hood latch from engaging.

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To remedy the hood latch problem, Tesla Service will inspect and reposition the latch assembly as necessary at no charge to Model S owners.

Model 3 and Model S vehicle owners can expect to begin receiving recall notices around Feb. 18, Tesla said.

Questions about the recalls can be directed to Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752.

As of Thursday at 11:03 a.m. EST, shares of Tesla were trading at $1,075.55, down $10.64, or 0.98%.

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