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

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.


nmewn Thu, 10/12/2017 - 18:57 Permalink

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 Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:09 Permalink

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