This problem has come to the fore for Tesla at a time when the company is facing controversy over quality-control issues associated with its electric cars.
Tesla Car (symbol photo)
Elon Musk’s company Tesla has reportedly issued a recall order for nearly 5,000 units of its Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles to investigate a possible problem with the seatbelts inside these units. . The affected Model 3 units were manufactured between 2018 and 2020, while the suspected Model Y units are models between 2019 and 2021.
US media, citing data from the country’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), said the problem was related to incorrectly fitted seat belt fasteners. The shoulder belt should be set firmly in place of the B-pillar of the car so that it can function as required. Overall, there was a threat to the safety of the customers, due to which the vehicles have been recalled.
Tesla cars have been recalled before
Tesla recently issued a recall in China for a similar problem. This included a few hundred units that were inspected and repaired or replaced when necessary. Fortunately, there have been no accidents anywhere due to this possible fault with the seat belts, but the problem has come to the fore at a difficult time for Tesla, which is facing controversies over quality-control issues.
Recall orders are common across the world and most of the auto manufacturers actively participate in such measures but it strikes the confidence of the customers. Obviously some Tesla cars have traditionally performed well but in recent times there have been several complaints regarding its quality issues. Some of these were minor while others were major problems which could hurt the image of the EV manufacturer.
It is clear that Tesla remains a leader in the electric vehicle category and when it comes to the global EV market, the rivals compete with Tesla’s cars. Companies like Volkswagen, Mercedes, Renault, Hyundai, Kia and even Toyota have either developed or are planning to launch battery-powered vehicles.
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