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Tesla is recalling up to 7,696 Model 3 and Y vehicles over seat belt issues

On March 14, 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk inspects the new Tesla Model Y at its unveiling in Hawthorne, California.

According to the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla has issued two new recalls for possible seat belt issues affecting up to 7,696 vehicles in the United States.

One recall affects up to 5,530 Tesla electric vehicles, including Model 3s from 2018 to 2020 and Model Ys from 2019 to 2021. It is about the seat belts in the driver’s and front passenger’s seats. The vehicles were built between July 6, 2018, and March 21, 2020.

Tesla told NHTSA in a defect notice that this problem was caused by workers failing to properly torque seat belts into place or to properly verify specifications were met after installing the seat belts.

In a recall acknowledgment, the NHTSA stated that “an improperly attached fastener may prevent the seat belt system from performing as designed, increasing the risk of injury.”

The second recall applies to up to 2,166 of Tesla’s 2019 to 2021 Model Y crossovers manufactured by Tesla between Nov. 26, 2019, and March 30, 2021.

“During assembly, if the operator made several unsuccessful attempts to torque the second-row left- or right-side seat belt retractor fastener to the correct specification, he may have unknowingly cross-threaded the fastener, which can compromise the ability to torque the fastener to the correct specification, despite a confirmation in the torque record,” Tesla explained to NHTSA in a defect notice sent to the agency.

In affected vehicles, there is occasionally a “abnormal noise” indicating a seat belt problem, according to Tesla.

This week, Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company issued three separate recalls due to assembly issues that could have resulted in safety issues.

In addition, Tesla is recalling 5,974 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles due to potentially loose bolts in the brake callipers. This problem can result in a loss of tyre pressure, as well as a reduction in vehicle performance and safety.

Tesla employees previously stated that they did not have enough time during vehicle assembly to complete their tasks properly and were forced to take shortcuts.

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