Tesla recalls around 125,000 cars with faulty seatbelt warning

Tesla has issued a recall for more than 125,000 cars to address a seatbelt issue - ConsumerAffairs

2024 could beat last year's number of Tesla recalls

Tesla is recalling as many as 125,227 of its cars because of a faulty seatbelt warning that can increase the risk of injuries during crashes.

The recall affects the 2012-2024 Tesla Model S, the 2015-2024 Tesla Model X, the 2017-2023 Tesla Model 3 and the 2020-2023 Tesla Model Y, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday. A software update should fix the problem.

"In the event of an unbelted driver, the seat belt warning light and audible chime may not activate as intended," the NHTSA said. "A seat belt warning system that fails to alert occupants of an unbelted seat belt can increase the risk of injury during a crash."

Tesla moved quickly to address the issue. In April, Tesla identified that the seat belt reminder signals didn't chime or display in the 2024 Tesla Model X, investigated and tested other vehicles and decided in May to voluntarily recall the vehicles.

Tesla has recalled 2,529,107 vehicles in 2024 and an average of around 703,950 vehicles a year since 2009. This is Tesla's sixth recall in 2024 and this year is shaping up to be the second-highest year of Tesla vehicle recalls following 2,590,606 vehicles recalled in 2023 and a record 3,769,545 vehicles in 2022.

What to do

Tesla will update software in the vehicles to fix the issue without owners having to go into a dealership. Letters to owners of recalled vehicles are expected to be mailed out by July 27, 2024. 

Owners can contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla's number for this recall is SB-24-00-008.

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