TSLATesla CEO Elon Musk views the new Tesla Model Y at its unveiling in Hawthorne, California on March 14, 2019.Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, Tesla has initiated two new recalls over possible seat belt issues affecting up to 7,696 vehicles in the U.S.
One recall applies to up to 5,530 of Tesla’s electric cars including 2018 to 2020 Model 3s and 2019 to 2021 Model Ys. It concerns the safety belts in the driver’s and front passenger’s seats. The cars were manufactured between July 6, 2018, and March 21, 2020.
Tesla told NHTSA in a defect notice that this issue resulted from workers’ failures to always torque the seat belts into place correctly or to properly verify specifications were met after installing the seat belts.
NHTSA wrote in a recall acknowledgment: “an improperly attached fastener may prevent the seat belt system from performing as designed, increasing the risk of injury.”
The second recall applies to up to 2,166 of Tesla’s 2019 to 2021 Model Y crossovers manufactured by Tesla between Nov. 26, 2019, and March 30, 2021.
“During assembly, if the operator made several unsuccessful attempts to torque the second-row left- or