This afternoon car company Tesla announced that it is voluntarily recalling a small number of Model X crossovers that were produced before March 26th, about 2,700 in all, over concerns that the third-row seats could fold forward in the event of a crash. The company said the seats passed 15 previous tests, but failed the 16th which was a slightly different test for the seats. Most vehicles labeled for the recall are already in customer’s hands. No injuries or other complaints have been reported, and Tesla is calling the issue a manufacturing defect, not a design problem.
Tesla designed the first and second row of seats in the cross over, however the third row is manufactured by an outside supplier. Tesla is blaming the issue on the recliner in the third row, and says that the supplier will pick up the cost, thus not affecting the company’s latest earnings from Model 3 reservations.
This is definitely not Tesla’s first recall, but Model X’s first major issue. The car itself is being produced in small numbers and a fix to the issue has already been implemented into production. Tesla also comments that there will be no impact on future Model X manufacturing volume. The company hopes to have all 2,700 cars fixed within five weeks. Customers can take their Model X into a service center for an appointment that will last approximately two hours. The company also recommends not using the third row of seats until the fix has been made to a customer’s vehicle.
Below is the email sent to Model X owners today: