Tesla re­calls 11,000 SUVs over seat is­sue

The Mercury News Weekend - - DATA - By DanaHull

Tesla is re­call­ing about 11,000Model X sport util­ity ve­hi­cles due to pos­si­ble is­sues with their sec­ond-row fold-flat seats.

Only about 3 per­cent of the elec­tric SUVs be­ing re­called are ex­pected to have is­sues, which the car­maker said it can cor­rect in about 10 min­utes with its mo­bile ser­vice op­er­a­tors. The prob­lem, which was dis­cov­ered in in­ter­nal test­ing, in­volves in­cor­rectly ad­justed seat ca­bles. Tesla has not re­ceived re­ports of any is­sues or ac­ci­dents re­lat­ing to the prob­lem, it said.

“We will be con­duct­ing a vol­un­tary re­call to in­spect the af­fected ve­hi­cles and con­firm whether any ad­just­ment is needed,” the com­pany said in an emailed state­ment. “Although we have never seen any in­ci­dence of it in the field, in­ter­nal test­ing has in­di­cated that if the cable is not prop­erly ad­justed, the seat back on the left side of the sec­ond row seats could move for­ward dur­ing a crash.”

Palo Alto- based Tesla said it would be­gin alert­ing cus­tomers to the is­sue Thurs­day. The prob­lem only af­fects Model X ve­hi­cles built between Oct. 28, 2016 and Sept. 1 with a sec­ond row seat that folds down flat.

TERRY PIER­SON —THE PRESS-EN­TER­PRISE/SCNG

Problems with the Tesla Model X only af­fect Model X ve­hi­cles built between Oct. 28, 2016, and Sept. 1with a sec­ond row seat that folds down flat.

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