Tesla is recalling nearly half a million Model 3 and Model S due to safety issues

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Tesla is recalling more than 475,000 of its Model 3 and Model S electric cars to fix rear-view camera and trunk issues that increase the risk of accidents, the US Road Administration said Thursday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discussed another camera issue with the automaker while investigating the company’s driver assistance system.

The model years affected by the recall range from 2014 to 2021, and the total number of vehicles recalled equates to nearly half a million vehicles Tesla shipped last year.

The U.S. electric vehicle maker is recalling 356,309 Model 3 models made between 2017 and 2020 to fix rear camera issues and 119.09 Model S vehicles due to hood issues, the federal regulator said.

Tesla was not available for comment.

On Model 3 sedans, “opening and closing the trunk lid can damage the rear-view camera harness, preventing the rear-view camera image from being displayed,” the NHTSA said.

Tesla identified 2,301 warranty claims and 601 testimonials related to the problem for US vehicles.

On Model S vehicles, locking issues can cause a front trunk “to open without warning and impair the driver’s view, increasing the risk of an accident,” Tesla said.

Tesla said there were no known accidents, injuries or deaths related to the issues identified in the Model 3 and Model S recall, the NHTSA said.

Tesla shares fell as much as 3 percent in the morning but rebounded and last traded slightly higher $ 1,088.76 (about Rs 81,030 billion). The world’s most valuable automaker is expected to report quarterly vehicle deliveries in record time as early as Saturday.

Camera problem

Earlier this month, the NHTSA said it was speaking to Tesla about issues with the side camera in some vehicles.

CNBC had reported that Tesla was replacing defective repeater cameras in the front fenders of some US vehicles without recalling the parts.

The NHTSA has investigated 580,000 Tesla vehicles following the automaker’s decision to allow games to be played on car screens while driving.

According to the NHTSA, Tesla then agreed to remove such game features while driving.

Under pressure from the NHTSA, Tesla agreed in February to recall 135,000 vehicles with touchscreen displays that could fail and increase the risk of accidents.

In August, the NHTSA opened a formal safety investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system following a series of accidents involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles.

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