Palo Alto, CA – July 25, 2021 – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is recalling 5,530 cars and SUVs, whose front drive and passenger seat belts could have been fitted incorrectly. During a collision, the seat belts may fail to operate as designed, increasing the risk of an injury. This recall includes the following vehicles:
- 2018 Tesla Model 3
- 2019 Tesla Model 3
- 2020 Tesla Model 3
- 2019 Tesla Model Y
- 2020 Tesla Model Y
- 2021 Tesla Model Y
The shoulder belt portion of the seat belts is attached to the B-pillar – which is the upright frame section between front and rear doors – with several fasteners. In the recalled vehicles, one or both fasteners were “improperly attached” to the B-pillar.
The fasteners cannot provide sufficient grip, which may allow the seat belt assembly to move out of its position. If the affected vehicle is involved in a collision, seat belts may not perform as designed, which increases the risk of an injury. For more information on how seat belts help save lives during a crash, please refer to this article about a GM recall for damaged seat belts.
The driver and front-seat passenger may be alerted to this condition if they are not able to adjust the upper section of the seat belt vertically.
Other Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y recalls
Earlier this month, Tesla recalled close to 6,000 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles because their tires could lose pressure, increasing the risk of a crash. That recall included 2020-2021 Tesla Model Y and 2019-2021 Model 3 cars.
In June, the manufacturer recalled 285,200 Model 3s and Model Ys in China over a cruise control issue, as reported.
To fix the issue, Tesla dealers will “inspect and repair both fasteners.” The owners were notified of the recall on July 23.
Is your vehicle a part of this recall?
This Tesla recall includes more than 5,500 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. To see if your vehicle is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.