Tesla is recalling approximately 16,000 of its 2021-2023 Model S and Model X vehicles because some front seat belts may not be properly reconnected after repairs.
Tesla said in its safety recall report that the first-row seatbelts had been disengaged from the pretensioner anchors in these vehicles as part of a procedure required for repairs. However, it is possible that the seat belt was not properly reconnected to the pretensioner anchor after repair.
The company says that if seat belts are not properly reconnected, they may not perform their intended function in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
U.S. highway safety regulators launched an investigation in March into a potential Tesla seatbelt issue.
As of June 19, Tesla has identified 12 warranty claims related to the issue, but the company is not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths that may be related to the seatbelt issue.
Notices will be mailed to owners of vehicles involved in the recall. Tesla said it will conduct a free inspection and, if necessary, connect both first-row seat belts to the pretensioner anchors. If the seat belt fails to properly connect to the pretensioner anchor, we will replace the seat belt assembly free of charge.
Tesla also announced that it will recall more than 1,300 Model S, Model X and Model Y vehicles in 2023, citing camera issues.
In its recall report, the company said the pitch angle of the front-facing camera may not be properly adjusted on some vehicles, which could result in the loss of certain active safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane keeping assistance, without warning drivers of their non-availability.
Relying on features not available to drivers can increase the risk of a crash, the company said.
Customers can bring their vehicle to Tesla for a free inspection, and they will adjust the camera angle if necessary.
https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/tesla-recalling-nearly-16000-of-its-2021-2023-model-s-and-model-x-vehicles-due-to-seat-belt-issue/ Tesla recalls nearly 16,000 Model S and Model X vehicles from 2021-2023 due to seatbelt issues