Tesla recall thousands of vehicles

Two of the American car maker’s most popular new cars have been affected by safety issues that could put road users at serious risk.

Tesla has issued a pair of safety recalls affecting thousands of Aussie motorists.

The American electric car maker has recalled more than 5000 Model 3s built between 2017 and 2020 for a potentially faulty reversing camera.

Tesla warns that the rear view camera’s cable may become damaged through repeated opening of the boot lid.

This may result in the loss of the reversing camera, which may increase the chance of an accident or death according to the recall notice issued by the Federal Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Tesla will notify owners when parts become available but suggests that until rectification work is completed, owners should make additional checks when reversing.

Tesla also issued a recall notice for almost 2000 Model S sedans built between 2014 and 2020.

According to the recall notice there is a chance the bonnet may open while driving increasing the risk of serious injury or death caused by an accident.

Due to a manufacturing issue the secondary bonnet latch may be in the incorrect position, which could lead to it not engaging correctly.

Tesla says owners will be notified when parts are available and can then schedule a time to have their vehicle fixed at no cost.

Teslas have become increasingly popular in Australia – especially the Model 3 sedan – as buyers are increasingly switching to zero-emissions machines.

The electric car maker doesn’t report its Australian sales but a report by the Electric Vehicle Council in 2021 claimed the brand had sold more than 7000 vehicles through the first six months of the year.

If this trend continued for the rest of 2022, it is likely Tesla would have outsold established players such as Lexus and Volvo.

Originally published as Tesla issues safety recall for Model 3 and S in Australia

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