Tesla recalls nearly 3,500 Model Y vehicles for loose bolts

Tesla is recalling 3,470 Model Y vehicles from 2022-2023 due to bolts in the second row seat back frames not being properly secured.

An estimated 4% of cars are affected. recall report It said it submitted in late February.

A loose bolt could prevent the seat belt from functioning properly in a crash, “potentially increasing the risk of injury to occupants sitting in the affected second row seating positions.” , said the National Highway Traffic Administration.

On Model Y vehicles, the driver and passenger side second row seat back frames are secured with four bolts per seat back. However, during the manufacture of certain Model Y vehicles, one or more of the bolts that secure the seat back frame to the lower seat frame “may not have been tightened to specification.”

Owners can determine if their car is affected by looking to see if the back frames of the second row seats are not properly folded or loose and rattling while driving. increase.

Tesla has discovered five warranty claims related to the Bolt since December of last year, but has not confirmed any injuries or fatalities.

Last December, a driver in Fremont, Calif. discovered a faulty seat back bolt, which initiated a Tesla investigation and risk assessment that ended on February 17. The recall decision was made on the same day.

Tesla inspects the bolts, tightens them free of charge if necessary, and mails you a notice of ownership.

The recall was filed the same month Tesla recalled All 363,000 vehicles in the US with “fully autonomous” driver assistance software Significantly larger recalls due to safety risks have hit automakers’ business models.

Based on its analysis, NHTSA said Tesla’s “fully self-driving” feature “posed an unreasonable risk to vehicle safety based on poor compliance with traffic safety laws.” It also warned that at some intersections, the feature could violate traffic laws “before some drivers intervene.”

“The FSD Beta system may allow vehicles to engage in dangerous behavior around intersections. Do not pay close attention to recall notices posted on the NHTSA website and turn on yellow traffic lights.

Tesla will attempt to fix the feature, which costs $15,000, through an over-the-air software update, the notice added.

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