Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, looks at the new Tesla Model Y at its unveiling in Hawthorne, California on March 14, 2019.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, Tesla has initiated two new product recalls for possible seat belt issues affecting up to 7,696 vehicles in the United States
A recall applies to up to 5,530 Tesla electric cars, including 2018-2020 Model 3 and 2019-2021 Model Y. It affects the seat belts in the driver and front passenger seats. The cars were manufactured between July 6, 2018 and March 21, 2020.
Tesla sent a deficiency notice to the NHTSA that this issue was due to workers’ failure to properly tighten seat belts or to properly verify that specifications were being followed after seat belts were installed.
NHTSA wrote in a recall confirmation: “An incorrectly attached fastener can impair the function of the seat belt system and increase the risk of injury.”
The second recall applies to up to 2,166 of Tesla’s 2019-2021 Model Y crossovers manufactured by Tesla between November 26, 2019 and March 30, 2021.
“If, during assembly, the operator made several unsuccessful attempts to tighten the second row seat belt retractor fastener on the left or right to the correct specification, they may have unknowingly crossed the fastener which may affect the ability to tighten the seat belt fastener on the correct one Specification, despite confirmation in the torque log, “Tesla told the NHTSA in a defect report sent to the Vehicle Safety Agency in late May.
In affected vehicles, there is sometimes an “abnormal noise” that indicates a problem with the seat belt, Tesla also noted.
Elon Musk’s electric vehicle maker launched three separate recalls this week after assembly issues caused potential safety issues.
As CNBC previously reported, Tesla is also recalling 5,974 Model 3 and Model Y models due to possible loose screws in the cars’ brake calipers. This problem can, among other things, lead to a loss of pressure in the tires and affect vehicle performance and safety.
Tesla employees previously told CNBC that they didn’t have enough time to properly complete their vehicle assembly tasks and were forced to take shortcuts.