Tesla recalls (still) many vehicles for a technical problem

The inconvenience continues for Tesla. The electric car giant Tesla is recalling nearly 200,000 “potentially” defective vehicles in China in the trunks, the Chinese regulator announced on Friday, December 31, the day after a similar recall in the United States. The vehicles affected by this recall have a trunk that could “open unexpectedly while driving […] which poses security risks,” the market regulator (SAMR) said in a statement. The measure concerns three batches of cars produced between 2015 and 2020.

The recall includes 19,700 Model S, for a potential issue related to the misalignment of one of the trunk latches located at the front of the vehicle. The other 180,000 vehicles are Model 3s, whose trunk opening and closing repeatedly can damage a rear-view camera cable, the regulator said. Tesla will inspect affected vehicles free of charge, SAMR said.

The most important market for the brand

The announcement comes the day after a recall of nearly half a million Teslas in the United States for identical problems. Already in June, the American manufacturer had recalled 285,000 cars in China after an anomaly in the assisted driving software. Tesla has faced numerous complaints on social media this year in China over alleged quality and service issues. In the spring, the outburst of a disgruntled customer at the Shanghai Auto Show sparked a wave of criticism against the brand.

Perched on the roof of a Tesla, she claimed to have almost died due to a failure of the braking system on her vehicle. The images had gone viral. China is the most important market for the brand. Elon Musk’s company built its third factory in China in Shanghai in 2019 and a quarter of its total production is sold in the country.

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