Amidst a swathe of recalls and issues, famed EV maker Tesla has now recalled more than 817,000 vehicles in the U.S. because the seat belt reminder chimes may not sound when the vehicles are started and the driver hasn’t buckled up.
Federal motor vehicle safety laws require the chimes to sound when vehicles are started, and the sound should ideally stop when front belts are buckled. To comply with this regulation, the recent recall covers the 2021 and 2022 Model S sedan and Model X SUV, as well as the 2017 through 2022 Model 3 sedan and 2020 through 2022 Model Y SUV, according to documents posted Thursday by safety regulators.
The recall documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say the problem happens only if the driver left the vehicle in the previous drive cycle while the chime was sounding. The company, on the other hand, says in the documents that it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries due to the problem. A visual seat belt reminder is still displayed.
As reported, Tesla will fix the problem by sending out an over-the-air software update early this month. This U.S. recall is the largest in the company’s history and comes as the company faces increasing scrutiny from NHTSA, the nation’s road safety agency.