Electric carmaker Tesla Inc is recalling 11,000 Model X sport utility vehicles worldwide due to a faulty locking mechanism in their rear seats that raises the risk of the seats falling forward in a crash. The company, which is led by Elon Musk, said about 3 percent of the recalled vehicles may have the issue, which was detected during internal testing.
The spokesperson said 100 percent of the repair can be conducted by the mobile unit, and the fix should only take about 10 minutes to address. In the meantime, Tesla said that impacted owners could still drive their Model X, but the company asks them to temporarily avoid having two adults sit in the second row left and center seats at the same time.
The problem was discovered via internal testing, per Tesla, and basically involves the cable that controls the reclining of the two rear seats being too tight in some vehicles, which means that when the seats are folded back up from a flat position, they might not fully lock in place again. Palo Alto, Tesla had recalled Model X SUVs due to a faulty locking hinge in the third-row seats.
The carmaker also says it can actually address the recall entirely using its global mobile service fleet, meaning that no one should have to technically go into a service location to get it fixed. Tesla says that it’s currently managing as much as 30 percent of its repairs in some markets using the mobile service option and that it has done 40 percent of the Takata airbag recall servicing it handled in the last month via this method.
The company recalled 90,000 Model S sedans worldwide in 2015 over a possible defect in the front seat belt assembly and a year earlier had recalled 29,222 of the same model over a charging defect that posed a fire hazard. Tesla’s shares were little changed at $355.64 in extended trading on Thursday.