Tesla is recalling nearly half a million electric cars due to safety issues

San Francisco: Tesla is recalling more than 475,000 of its Model 3 and Model S electric cars to solve rear-view camera and trunk problems that increase the risk of crashing, the U.S. traffic safety regulator said.

Tesla shares fell as much as 3 percent Thursday morning (US time), but returned and eventually traded slightly higher around $ 1088.76 ($ 1499.89). The federal regulator has discussed another camera issue with the automaker while investigating the electric vehicle manufacturer’s driver assistance system and other issues.

A 2021 Model 3 sedan is charged at a Tesla dealer.

A 2021 Model 3 sedan is charged at a Tesla dealer.Credit:AP

The affected model years in the recall range from 2014 to 2021, and the total number of recalled vehicles equals nearly half the million vehicles Tesla delivered last year.

The U.S. electric car maker is recalling 356,309 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles to solve rear-view camera problems and 119,009 Model S vehicles due to front-end helmet issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

Tesla could not be reached for comment.

For Model 3 sedans, “the rear camera wiring harness can be damaged when opening and closing the boot lid, preventing the rear camera image from being displayed,” the NHTSA said.

Tesla identified 2301 warranty claims and 601 field reports regarding the issue for U.S. vehicles.

For Model S vehicles, problems with the front locking mechanism can cause a trunk to open “without warning and obstruct the driver’s view, increasing the risk of a collision,” Tesla said.

Tesla said it was not aware of any accidents, injuries or deaths related to the issues mentioned in the recall of Model 3 and Model S cars, the NHTSA said.

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