Tesla is recalling nearly 200,000 cars in China due to the risk of collision


Tesla is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles in China over trunk and hood issues that increase the risk of collisions, a state regulator said Friday, hours after a similar recall was announced in the United States.

The order is the latest blow to the American self-driving car pioneer, which is hugely popular in China, despite the company’s reputation plummeting this year after a spate of accidents, scandals and data security issues.

China’s state administration for market regulation said the flaws could affect the vehicles’ rear-view cameras or cause the hoods to suddenly open while driving.

The move includes three batches of cars produced between 2015 and 2020. Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company will inspect the cars for free and fix the issues, the regulator said in a statement.

The recall includes around 19,700 Type S models that could have issues with the front hood locking and around 180,000 Type 3 models.

On model 3, repeatedly opening and closing the trunk can damage a cable for the reversing camera.

“This impairs the driver’s view when reversing and, in extreme cases, increases the risk of collision,” said the supervisory authority.

The Chinese announcement came hours after U.S. authorities said Tesla is recalling nearly 500,000 vehicles in the country due to similar issues.

Tesla estimated that only one percent of the recalled Model 3 vehicles had the problem, and the company was unaware of any accident or injury, according to the U.S. Security Agency.

In June, the electric car giant recalled more than 285,000 cars in China over problems with its assisted driving software that could cause accidents.


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