A spate of new Tesla recalls may not look like much on their own, but the set of three affects up to 13,000 Model 3 sedans and Model Y SUVs. All three recalls also affect critical components of the car — namely, brake calipers and seat belts.
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The first recall for nearly 6,000 model-year 2019-21 Model 3s and 2020-21 Model Ys involves the brake caliper bolts, which may be loose, allowing the brake caliper to separate and contact the wheel rim. Rim contact may cause a loss of tire pressure, increasing the risk of a crash. To resolve the issue, Tesla will inspect and tighten or replace the caliper bolts as needed.
Of the two seat belt recalls, one affects roughly 5,500 model-year 2018-20 Model 3s and 2019-21 Model Ys, while the other affects around 2,000 2019-21 Model Ys. For the recall of 5,500, one or both fasteners that secure the front-seat shoulder belt to the B-pillar may not be properly attached. It’s a similar story with the recall of 2,000, this time with one or both fasteners securing the left and right second-row seat belt retractors that may not be properly attached. In both cases, improperly attached fasteners may prevent the seat belts from performing as designed, increasing the risk of injury. And in both cases, Tesla will inspect and repair the fasteners.
All repairs will be done for free, though in all three cases, Tesla has not yet provided an owner-notification schedule. Those with questions can call the automaker at 877-798-3752 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236. They also can visit NHTSA’s website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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