Tesla is likely the most talked-about auto manufacturer over the last ten years. The high-end innovative electric vehicles have many fans, but there have been bumps in the road as well. The biggest to date is the likely persistent issues with batteries causing fires and fatal crashes. Now in June 2021, the manufacturer has announced recalls to address two safety issues.
Seatbelts may be unsafe
One of the recalls involves 5,530 20180-2020 Model 3 and 2019-2021 Model Y cars. The recall is due in part to front seat shoulder belt fasteners may not be properly attached to the b-pillar. Another one is for 2,166 Model Y from 2019-2021. The fasteners in the left and right second-row seat retractors may also not be appropriately attached.
The manufacturer told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the company was not aware of any injuries or crashes related to the reason for the recalls.
Inspect and repair
Tesla will inspect to confirm that the faster has the correct specifications. The manufacturer will replace, if necessary, the fasteners if there are signs of damage to the top loop and/or b-pillar hole threads.
Why did it happen?
The manufacturer claims that workers at the assembly plant could not get the correct angle requirements and torque to secure the fasteners properly. According to a statement: “A non-conformance was generated that required subsequent manual inspection and repair of the fastener. During this inspection, the fastener may not have been confirmed to be secured to the correct specification.”
Loose caliper bolts
Tesla also recalled nearly 6,000 vehicles because of loose brake caliper bolts. The recall involves the same 2020-2021 Model Y vehicles and the 2019-2021 Model 3 vehicles. These loose bolts could cause tires to deflate, thus leading to potential danger. The manufacturer will check the bolts, and it will tow any vehicle damaged by loose or missing caliper bolts.
Already seeing a problem?
Tesla claims there have been few signs of damage or injury, but owners of these cars may find themselves unknowing victims to these defects. Those having a hard time getting straight answers from the dealer may need to pursue legal action under state and federal lemon laws.