Tesla recalls 11000 Model X SUVs for seat issue


Bad news for Tesla Model X owners: you might have to spend a little time without your vehicle.

Electric carmaker Tesla is recalling 11,000 Model X sport utility vehicles worldwide due to a faulty locking mechanism in their rear seats that raises the risk of the seats falling forward in a crash. It should be noted that Tesla has not received any reports of this happening in customer cars - it discovered the problem during internal testing.

The California company says that the recall affects Model Xs fitted with a flat-folding second row that were built between October 26, 2016, and August 16, 2017.

There's likely to be little overlap with Model Xs that were recalled in April over a sticky parking brake.

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Tesla says that around 3 percent of Model Xs are likely to have the improperly tightened cable, but the electric auto firm wants to inspect all 11,000 vehicles built with that second-row setup.

It can be remedied at a Tesla service center or, if the owner wishes, through Tesla's mobile fix service. Although Tesla has not received reports of any issues or accidents relating to this condition, we will be conducting a voluntary recall to inspect the affected vehicles and confirm whether any adjustment is needed. We can address 100% of these repairs via mobile service, and you will have the choice to do that or to bring in your vehicle to a Service Center. (Even with this issue, the seat is strong enough for a single adult or two children.) You may also continue to use child seats using the LATCH anchors, as these anchors are attached to the seat base and not the seat back.

Tesla is taking a "proactive measure" out of an "abundance of caution", the company says, in handling an issue with a cable used in the adjusting of second-row seating in a small percent of Model X vehicles.

Tesla will be emailing customers with affected models today, and will be arranging service appointments.