Tesla Inc is recalling more than 475,000 of its Model 3 and Model S electric cars to address rearview camera and trunk issues that increase the risk of crashing.
As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half a million Tesla Models 3 and S are being recalled, and are mostly models manufactured between 2017 and 2020. The federal regulator has been discussing another camera issue with the automaker, while probing the electric vehicle manufacturer’s driver assistant system and other issues.
With Model 3, Tesla believes the opening and closing of the trunk could damage the cable harness attaching the rear view camera, causing the camera to unexpectedly fail. The Model S issue is more serious, potentially preventing the front trunk from fully latching, “without warning and obstructing the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash,” Tesla said.
Since the Model S problem is a misalignment rather than a damaged component, Tesla believes that repositioning the latch device at a service center will resolve the issue. For affected Model 3 owners, Tesla has pledged to install a new cable harness and guide protector free of charge.
Meanwhile, the NHTSA has been investigating 580,000 Tesla vehicles over the automaker’s decision to allow games to be played on car screens while they are in motion. Tesla has subsequently agreed to stop allowing video games to be played on vehicle screens while its cars are moving, according to the NHTSA.