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Tesla issues voluntary recall of Model X crossovers due to faulty third-row seats

By Shawn Knight
Apr 11, 2016
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  1. Tesla Motors on Monday issued a voluntary recall affecting a small number of its Model X crossovers.

    In a message sent to customers, the company said that during a recent internal seat strength test, the recliner in a third-row Model X seat unexpectedly slipped. The component that failed is a locking hinge that allows the third-row seat back to fold forward. In a crash, the part could fail and cause the seat to move forward.

    Tesla said the component, which is provided by an outside supplier, had passed 15 prior tests ahead of deliveries in North America. Fortunately, the issue hasn’t resulted in any complains or more importantly, any injuries.

    Autoblog reports that roughly 2,700 Model X vehicles feature the faulty seat latch.

    Tesla notes that they are working with the supplier to develop a new recliner design with improved quality to fix the issue and are constructing new seat backs to match all affected vehicles. Model X owners should receive a call from their local service center to schedule installation of the new components once they are available.

    Given current production rates, Tesla believes it will have all replacements completed within roughly five weeks. In the interim, Tesla says it’s perfectly safe for owners to continue to drive their Model X although they advise against having anyone sit in the third-row seats until the issue is resolved.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +791

    Hmmmmm ..... sounds like shades of reality with all those reports and pictures from china of kids fallout out of the back of minivans ....... a trend?
     
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,202   +596

    Typo at the end of the 3rd paragraph

    "complains" should be complaints
     
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,707   +1,887

    Is it just me, or do those gull wing doors on the back seats look ridiculous?

    Yeah, yeah, I know, "Elon Musk is a visionary". Then send him the repair bill if one of those turds gets banged up.
     
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  5. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Addict Posts: 172   +70

    You are not alone, they do look funny. Only 2 doors cars can feature them without silliness.
     
  6. sowhat22

    sowhat22 TS Rookie

    Somehow many others are willing to buy them.
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,707   +1,887

    Fly little ugly duckling Tesla, fly!
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    As soon as I get finished with this post, I'm going to call the SPCA, and try to convince them to name this little guy, "Elon".
    Most likely because their wives won't let them buy one of these:
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    Given my lack of financing options, I'd rather get on the DeLorean reissue waiting list, than the list for the model 3 Tesla. Accordingly, I'm picking by my exquisite taste alone.

    http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/27/10844326/delorean-motor-company-new-low-volume

    Oh sure, the eco-snobs might bash me for it at cocktail parties, but I won't be there anyway.
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2016

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