Tesla Recalls 11,000 Model X SUVs Because "Rear Seat May Not Lock Into Place"

Tyler Durden's picture

While Tesla may or may not be partially assembling its Model 3 by hand, resulting in massive production delays, a problem has emerged involving its fully automated SUV, the Model X, and as the AP reports, Tesla is recalling 11,000 Model X SUVs worldwide because their rear seats might not lock into place.

According to the notice, Tesla is recalling vehicles with fold-flat second row seats made between Oct. 28, 2016, and Aug. 16, 2017. Tesla believes only about 3 percent of the recalled vehicles have the issue.

Tesla says some cables in the seat may have been improperly tightened, which prevents the left seat from locking in an upright position, and if it's not properly locked, it could move forward during a crash, which as the snapshot of the Model X crash test below shows, could be a problem.

The good news: the Palo Alto, California-based automaker says it has seen no reports of injuries from the issue, which was discovered during internal testing. Tesla began informing customers about the recall Thursday. Owners can take their Model X to a dealer for repairs or contact Tesla's mobile repair units.

The bad news: with every incremental recall, the reputation of Tesla's quality control will erode, which sooner or later may adversely impact the car's coolness factor; if that is gone, then Elon Musk will have a big problem. For now, however,  the market does not appear too worried.

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Clock Crasher's picture

I want a car that has an engine, starter, ground wire

.. that's it.  Perhaps a stand  alone EFI computer and no other electronics. 

1.21 jigawatts's picture

Even simpler would be an engine layout like a motorcycle engine:  clutch changes in an hour, tranny rebuilds in 2 hours (with a cassette-style transmission).  Stainless exhaust, minimal electronics that are sealed in lead with a fusible link for EMPs, and while we're at it - individual carburetors!

Antifaschistische's picture


GOOD!  because they're damn uncomfortable....are you (Tesla) just trying to save weight by eliminating cushioning?   So...unlock them and replace them with something better.

johngaltfla's picture

Maybe, just maybe they are trying to get their SUV entered as a new Disney ride.

undertow1141's picture

Volkswagen made the car you are talking about, anything in their aircooled lineup. Pre-1967 is always better.

gatorengineer's picture

The news is that they sold 11,000 of them... that should be bullshitish....

digitalrevolution's picture

I believe it though. I think 10000 of them are in Scottsdale, AZ. I cant turn my head without seeing one.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

About as bullshitish as Musk producing 1500 Model 3s in September! ... oops, he only built 260.


NEXT ...

iampreparedru's picture

what does this have to do with ZH?

The_Juggernaut's picture

A hell of a lot more than that Hollywood circlejerk.

Agent P's picture

Wow...11,000?  For a $60B market cap company, you'd almost think that number should be higher...

Vinividivinci's picture

rear seat may not lock in to place...
tires, optional on some selected models...
come by for the last test drive, you'll ever take...

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

In tests this model was nick-named

"The Trebuchet".

RationalExuberance's picture

How is there not a x3-short-TSLA ETF yet?  

HominyTwin's picture

Because everyone who bought it would have gone tits up in the last year. The short float on that stock is terrible. Any stock that has short float that big is only going up because of faggot short sellers. Easy to squeeze them, and squeezed they have been.

Atomizer's picture

Did the battery make it back to Telsa service station?

KIA car commercial parody - YouTube


ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

Sadly no,

the launch mechanism failed.

Fireman's picture

Mar$ Mu$k strikes agin!

TacticalTrading's picture

This can only be viewed as a Bullish development, as is every other bit of news surrounding Tesla

11,000 ... So, How many those have they sold... total? 

HominyTwin's picture

The stock will gap up tomorrow, of that you can be sure.

andrej's picture

Auto producers that can't even make seats properly are supposed to make self driving cars? Hmmmmm...

roadhazard's picture

Let me know when Tesla recalls the millions the Big Three and Toyota recall.

nmewn's picture

A rear seat locking into place is kind of important when the driver loses control while on auto-pilot and hits the brakes because the battery pack just exploded.

Sayin ;-)

Let it Go's picture

The wheels could fall off every Tesla on the road and the stock might not drop but when it does watch it fall.

Elon Musk's enormous success at PayPal moved Musk into the spotlight making him an icon never far from generating headlines. We can always count on Elon Musk to find some new way to get on the front page of the news and razzle-dazzle us on any given day with some bold project.

 It should be noted that Musk appears Teflon coated and he has suffered little fallout from promises and deadlines unkept, failure simply does not stick but seems to run off his back. The article below delves into his many projects and the hype surrounding him as he keeps a great many balls in the air.

Elon Musk And His Ability To Razzle-Dazzle The Masses

Disgruntled Goat's picture

Yep. Keep working on those Mars colony plans amusk....