Are you affected and what to do?

(Pocket-lint) – Tesla has announced a voluntary recall of nearly half a million vehicles due to potential failures in its trunk locking system. If you’re wondering what’s going on, if your vehicle is affected, and what to do next, here’s everything you need to know.

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Which Tesla cars have been recalled and why?

As first reported by Barron’s, Tesla has initiated a voluntary recall of all Model 3 vehicles released between 2017 and 2020, as well as certain Model S vehicles between 2014 and 2021. Tesla said the opening and closing of the Model 3 trunk could damage the cable. rear camera mounting harness, and this could cause the camera to suddenly fail. As for the Model S, its problem potentially prevents the front trunk from fully locking.

The recall of the Model S is particularly serious because the problem affects the front trunk. Apparently, “the front trunk latch assembly may be misaligned, preventing the secondary hood latch from engaging,” Tesla told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an official filing.

In other words, if your Model S has the fault, if the trunk opens while driving, it could obstruct your view of the road.

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How many Tesla cars are affected by the recall?

According to documents Tesla recently sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 475,318 Tesla vehicles are subject to the voluntary recall. These vehicles consist of 356,309 Model 3 cars and 119,109 Model S cars. However, Tesla has estimated that only 1% of the recalled Model 3 cars and 14% of the recalled Model S cars will actually have the defects.

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How to know if your Model 3 or S has been recalled

Tesla has a convenient web page where you can go and enter your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to get the latest information on open recalls that apply to your Tesla vehicle. It also has a directory here for all information regarding open recalls on Tesla vehicles.

Has your Tesla been recalled? Here’s what to do next

Model 3

If you bring your Tesla Model 3 to a service center, Tesla has promised to install a new wire harness and guide protector for free. You can locate your nearest Tesla Service Center using Tesla’s online listing here.


The Model S’s flaw is a misalignment issue rather than a damaged component, so Tesla believes repositioning the latch at a service center will fix the problem. You can locate your nearest Tesla Service Center using Tesla’s online listing here.

Written by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on .

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