Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Tesla recalls 11000 Model X SUVs over possible seat issue

Tesla recalls 11000 Model X SUVs over possible seat issue

The number of Model X vehicles being recalled was estimated at 11,000, with only a small percentage expected to have the seat cable problem.

There has been no real-life example of the defect but Tesla says it was discovered during testing, adding that it had voluntarily decided on the recall "out of an abundance of caution".

According to the Tesla, the company had determined that a small number of cables in the second row fold-flat seats in "some" 2016 and 2017 SUVs may need readjustments. That presents a safety issue, as the seat would fold forwards and provide zero protection during a crash. To date, the company has informed Manufacturers' Monthly that there are no accidents or issues related to this condition and they have issued the voluntary recall letter to potentially affected Australian customers' vehicles today to confirm if any adjustments were needed.

Palo Alto, California-based Tesla said it would begin alerting customers to the issue Thursday.

It's yet another blow for Tesla's quality assurance department, and again throws Tesla's manufacturing plans into doubt.

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

Things are just going to get worse with the production ramp-up of the Model 3. Owners can take their Model X to a dealer for repairs or contact Tesla's mobile fix units. Reports have already emerged that parts of the Model 3 are still being made by hand, and although Tesla's hit back at those accusations, it's still struggling to get cars out the door in a timely fashion.

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