Tesla recalls more than 475,000 Model 3 and Model S saloons in the United States to fix a defect that may cause the rear view camera to stop working, in the case of the Model 3, and a faulty front trunk latch that could cause the hood to pop open unexpectedly, in the case of the Model S, as announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Bell covers the Model 3 from 2017 to 2020 (representing almost 360,000 units) and an unspecified range of Model S production, which would be approximately 115,000 units.
In the case of the Model 3, the failure in question could also affect the units sold in Europe. This is a design flaw where the rear camera could stop working due to a premature wiring wear.
The boot lid bends the reversing camera cable
Repeated use of the boot lid can wear down the wiring, including the wire that carries the signal from the rear view camera to Tesla’s main infotainment display. Users may notice intermittent problems with the camera screen before it completely fails, they say from the NHTSA.
“The Model 3 trunk wiring is equipped with a solid core coaxial cable that provides the rear view camera power for the center display,” Tesla said in its call report to NHTSA.
“The coaxial cable is attached to a harness in the trunk lid and extends or folds when the trunk is opened and closed. When the trunk is closed, the harness folds and can experience a very tight bend radius, stressing the core of the cable. “
“Over time, the repeated opening and closing of the trunk can cause a excessive cable wear coaxial. If the wear causes the core of the coaxial cable to separate, the power from the rear view camera does not reach the central screen, “they explain from Tesla.
In any case, it is not the first time that the boot lid of the Model 3 has been affected by a design flaw. In 2019, the trunk filled with water if it rained and the trunk was opened.
As for the Model S failure, if the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could pop open unexpectedly, obstructing the driver’s view and increasing the risk of a collision.
These recalls affect almost half a million vehicles, in the United States alone, not counting the units that will have been exported. Notably, they are often voluntary review calls made by the brand itself that informs NHTSA of this. Which is very different from a possible NHTSA investigation, which can have more serious consequences for a manufacturer.
Tesla, for example, no hesitated to disable the ‘Passenger Play’ function that allowed any passenger to access video games, even with the vehicle running. The decision was made immediately after NHTSA reported that it had opened a preliminary investigation in this regard.
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