Tesla Re­calls 2,700 Model X SUVs for Seat-Back Is­sue

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Tesla Mo­tors said on Mon­day that it was re­call­ing its Model X sports util­ity ve­hi­cles af­ter test­ing re­vealed that the backs of the elec­tric car’s third-row seats could give way in a crash.

The vol­un­tary ac­tion af­fects the 2,700 Model Xs built be­fore March 26. Tesla said it dis­cov­ered the prob­lem while per­form­ingtest­sre­quired­byEuro­pean safety reg­u­la­tors. The com­pany said that it had no re­ports of ac­ci­dents re­lated to the prob­lem and added that the ve­hi­cle had passed US crash tests.

The re­call comes in the face of an ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sponse to the March 31 an­nounce­ment of Tesla’s lat­est and most af­ford­able elec­tric car, the Model 3. With a start­ing price of $35,000, the Model 3 is in­tended to reach a larger range of car buy­ers than Tesla’s top seller, the Model S sedan, which costs around $75,000.

The Model X, which can seat up to seven pas­sen­gers, starts at about $80,000.

Tesla, based in Palo Alto, Cal­i­for­nia, has re­ceived more than 325,000 $1,000 de­posits for Model 3s, even though the car is not sup­posed to be avail­able un­til the end of 2017.

In a con­fer­ence call on Mon­day, Jon McNeill, Tesla’s pres­i­dent for sales, ser­vice and de­liv­ery, said the Model X’s seat-back prob­lem stemmed from a man­u­fac­tur­ing de­fect in a part known as a re­cliner. While pre­par­ing to ex­port the car to Europe, Tesla found that the weight of a belted pas­sen­ger thrown for­ward in a frontal crash could cause the seat back to break loose.

Model X cus­tomers can keep driv­ing their cars, but pas­sen­gers should not sit in the third-row seats un­til they have been re­paired at a Tesla ser­vice cen­tre, he said. Last year, Tesla re­called 90,000 Model S sedans to have their seat belts checked for a de­fect.

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