Tesla announced it is recalling 3,470 Model Y vehicles in the United States after learning bolts securing the second-row seat back frames may be loose.
A filing released publicly on Saturday showed the manufacturer submitted the recall to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday. The vehicles potentially affected were produced between May 23, 2022, and Feb. 5, 2023.
The NHTSA said loose seat frame bolts may reduce the performance of the seat belt system, resulting in increased injury risks during a crash.
Tesla’s filing stated the second-row seat back frames are secured to the lower seat frame with four bolts per seat back – and one or more of the bolts “may not have been torqued to specifications.”
In the recall report, Tesla stated the issue could possibly be identified if second-row seat backs are not folding properly or if they are rattling during normal operations.
Customers with affected models can take their vehicles to a Tesla store or service center for free inspection. Tesla said it will inspect the bolts that secure the second-row driver-side and passenger-side seat back frames and retorque them to specifications if necessary.
As of Feb. 23, the manufacturer identified five warranty claims received between Dec. 9 and Feb. 14 reporting conditions related to the recall.
After the first claim in early December, Tesla said it implemented improved process controls and improved training and supervision to ensure bolts are torqued to specifications going forward.
Tesla said it is not aware of any injuries or deaths that could be related to the issue.
Tesla stores and service centers across the country were notified of the recall beginning Feb. 28.
Owner notification letters will also be mailed on April 25, 2023.
I love Elon Musk – he’s an American Hero who re-instituted Free Speech back on Twitter and for that, I’ll always applaud him. However, it seems as if Twitter has taken too much time away from his other company, Tesla. Elon needs to hire and surround himself with the folks he trust the most to run Twitter day in & day out so he can go back to Tesla and get it back in shape, to ensure workers are following the criteria & specifications. Perhaps hiring Quality Assurance folks to spot check throughout the assembly line and check every so many “problem areas” that were issues present and in the past and keep the Quality Control folks looking over the workers shoulder more attentively – – American must produce Solid, Quality Vehicles so once again Americans don’t hesitate to buy American products more & more as we prepare for Trumps’ return and the return of hundreds of products that were sent overseas to be made. Time to bring back ALL of those jobs & industries and “Made In the USA” be our Future force ~ ~ and Growth Factor in Make America Grow Again.
yeh…for dis one…!! set the torque setting on the wrench and crank ’em down….DONE!! next story!!