Tesla Forced Recall Almost 500,000 Cars Over Possible Safety Defects

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Tesla has been hitting some road bumps. Last year, they faced Cybertruck delays and a massive chip shortage, and now yet another bump seems to be in their way early in 2022. According to CNBC, Tesla has been forced to recall over 475,000 vehicles due to issues with their trunks and rear cameras.
Woman using a touchscreen in a Tesla.
Tesla’s trunks and rear view cameras are the latest issues to come under fire.

Which Teslas models are having issues?

The vehicles in question are Model 3 cars made from 2017 to 2020 and Model S cars made after 2014. So far, the recalls have taken in 356,309 Model 3 Teslas and 119,009 Model S Teslas for a total of 475,318 vehicles in all.
For the Model 3 recalls, Tesla is looking into issues with the cars’ rearview cameras. Apparently, the camera’s cable harness has taken damage from trunk movement when the trunk is opened or closed. Eventually, this problem had caused the camera to stop working altogether.
Model S vehicles are seeing issues with their hoods, specifically their latches. The latches have been malfunctioning, causing the hood to open at random times, blocking the view out the windshield. This has even occurred while the car is in motion, blocking the driver’s line of sight.
Both of these problems are hazardous and could lead to crashes, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approached Tesla. However, they haven’t just been discussing these glitches.

Tesla has been having other issues with the NHTSA

The NHTSA has also asked Tesla to recall 135,000 cars due to touch-screen glitches. These glitches cause the screen to fail, which could easily increase the risk of a crash.                                                         
Though no other formal recalls are outstanding, the NHTSA has been investigating complications with sideview cameras, the system that allows video games to be played while cars are in motion, and the driver-assist function Autopilot on Tesla vehicles.
Now, Tesla is no longer allowing video games to be played when the car is moving due to these safety inquiries. If any of these investigations prove fruitful for the NHTSA, Tesla may face yet another recall.

How has this affected Tesla?

Though the hefty recall initially caused Tesla shares to fall about 3%, they rebounded quickly, hopping back up to $1,088.76. Tesla claims that, despite the recalls, the camera or hood issues have caused no crashes or injuries to their knowledge.
So far, aside from the added work of repairing the recalled cars, Tesla remains stable and successful.

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