Tesla recalls 11000 Model X SUVs over possible seat issue

Steve Phelps
October 14, 2017

Tesla has announced plans to recall roughly 11,000 Model X SUVs worldwide due to an issue with the rear seats, which could potentially fail to lock into place, according to the Associated Press. In April 2016, around 2,700 vehicles were recalled because the carmaker said testing had revealed that the third row could slide forward during a crash. If improperly installed, the latch may not properly engage the seat, causing it and passengers seated into it to dislodge from the vehicle during a crash.

The Palo Alto, California-based automaker says it has seen no reports of injuries from the issue, which was discovered during internal testing.

Owners of impacted units will be notified by Tesla.

To conduct the repairs, the company is deploying its mobile fix service - though customers can still elect to take the vehicle to their local service centre. This is why company started to recall tools. Tesla informed that as per their estimate, only 3 percent of recalled vehicles have an issue with the seat cable.

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We are emailing to inform you of a proactive action Tesla is taking to ensure your safety as a Model X owner. We can address 100% of these repairs via mobile service, and you will have the choice to do that or to bring in your vehicle to a Service Center.

Tesla Model X had a similar seat problem before. There are no parts required for this inspection, and the adjustment will take only about 10 minutes to complete.

The recall involves vehicles with fold-flat second row seats made between October 28, 2016, and August 16, 2017.

"Until then, there is no issue with continuing to drive your Model X", Tesla wrote in the email.

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