Tesla has announced plans to recall roughly 11,000 Model X SUVs worldwide due to an issue with the rear seats, which could potentially fail to lock into place, according to the Associated Press. This could theoretically result in problems if adults are in the seats in case of an accident, though Tesla says that they haven't seen anything related to this issue in the field, or in any customer vehicle as of yet.
There's likely to be little overlap with Model Xs that were recalled in April over a sticky parking brake.
The company, which is led by Elon Musk, said about 3 per cent of the recalled vehicles may have the issue, which was detected during internal testing.
Tesla will be utilizing its mobile fix service to conduct repairs as a part of this recall - we can address 100% of these repairs via mobile service, and customers will have the choice to do that or to bring their auto into a Service Center.
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Tesla said it had not received reports of any issues or accidents related to the problem.
Internal testing revealed that cables in second-row fold-flat seats in 2016 and 2017 model year vehicles might need to be adjusted to "ensure the safety" of those riding inside, a Tesla spokesperson said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.
Tesla says some cables in the seat may have been improperly tightened, which prevents the left seat from locking in an upright position. Note that this issue only affects Model X with fold-flat second row seats built between October 28, 2016 and August 16, 2017 and does not affect any vehicles with monopost seats. (Even with this issue, the seat is strong enough for a single adult or two children.) You may also continue to use child seats using the LATCH anchors, as these anchors are attached to the seat base and not the seat back.
Tesla will be emailing customers with affected models today, and will be arranging service appointments.