Tesla Must Recall Over 80,000 Vehicles In China Due To Battery And Seatbelt Issues


The latest major recall to impact Tesla vehicles has been announced, this time in China. The automaker must recall a total of 80,561 vehicles over a duo of recalls that affect battery management software and seatbelts.

China’s market regulator announced the recalls on Friday, but details on the faults that led to them remain scant. For the larger of the two recall, though, the American automaker will have to recall 67,698 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs, reports CNBC.

The issue affects imported vehicles built between September 25, 2013, and November 21, 2020. An issue relating to the battery management system in the vehicles is the cause of the recall, and Tesla says it will fix the issue with a free software update.

Read: Tesla Issues Third Mass Recall In The U.S. This Month, This Time Over Taillights That Might Not Illuminate

The second recall will be a little harder to fix because it is related to a potentially faulty seatbelt. It affects 2,736 imported Model 3 sedans built between January 12 and November 22, 2022, as well as 10,127 Model 3s made in China between October 14, 2019, and September 26, 2022.

The issue stems from the potentially faulty installation of the seatbelt and owners will be asked to return their vehicle to a nearby Tesla location, where the belts will be checked and reinstalled where necessary.

Just the latest major Tesla recall in the market, Reuters reports that the automaker was forced to recall 127,785 in April over possible faults in semiconductor components that could have led to a collision.

In the U.S., meanwhile, Tesla has initiated at least three major recall campaigns that covered tens of thousands of vehicles in November alone. These include issues with the taillights, power steering, and in once case, 30,000 Model X SUVs had to be recalled for an issue with the front passenger airbag. In all three cases, though, Tesla was able to fix the issues with over-the-air updates.


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