PSA: If you have a 2021 Model S or 2014-2020 Model 3 Tesla, be aware that the company and the NHTSA have issued recalls on those vehicles. The front and rear trunks of both models are defective, which could affect visibility for the driver.
Reuters notes that Tesla will recall more than 475,000 cars sold in the US. Issues relating to the rearview camera and the trunk have it working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to voluntarily recall some 356,000 2014-2020 Model 3s and another 119,000 2021 Model S vehicles. The total number of cars in the recall is nearly equivalent to the 499,000 EVs Tesla sold last year.
The Model 3 camera problem was discovered by the NHTSA while it was investigating a different side-view camera issue. Specifically, the cable harness on the backup cameras can be damaged by the Model 3’s trunk lid preventing the image from displaying.
Tesla has had 2,301 customers file warranty replacements over the rear camera issue. Another 601 field reports have been filed on the problem in the US.
The front trunk of the Model S line also has a problem (see above). In this instance, the “frunk lid” is not properly latching. Tesla says the faulty latches can cause the front trunk lid to fly open unexpectedly, obscuring the driver’s view.
The NHTSA stated that Tesla was unaware of any deaths, injuries or accidents related to these issues.
Bloomberg notes that Tesla stock took a minor 3-percent hit this morning when the NHT