Tesla recalls 3,470 Model Y vehicles produced in past year after discovery of loose bolts
Tesla announced it is recalling 3,470 Model Y vehicles in the United States after learning bolts securing the second-row seat back frames may be loose.
A filing released publicly on Saturday showed the manufacturer submitted the recall to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday. The vehicles potentially affected were produced between May 23, 2022, and Feb. 5, 2023.
The NHTSA said loose seat frame bolts may reduce the performance of the seat belt system, resulting in increased injury risks during a crash.
Tesla's filing stated the second-row seat back frames are secured to the lower seat frame with four bolts per seat back – and one or more of the bolts "may not have been torqued to specifications."
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In the recall report, Tesla stated the issue could possibly be identified if second-row seat backs are not folding properly or if they are rattling during normal operations.
Customers with affected models can take their vehicles to a Tesla store or service center for free inspection. Tesla said it will inspect the bolts that secure the second-row driver-side and passenger-side seat back frames and retorque them to specifications if necessary.
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As of Feb. 23, the manufacturer identified five warranty claims received between Dec. 9 and Feb. 14 reporting conditions related to the recall.
After the first claim in early December, Tesla said it implemented improved process controls and improved training and supervision to ensure bolts are torqued to specifications going forward.
Tesla said it is not aware of any injuries or deaths that could be related to the issue.
Tesla stores and service centers across the country were notified of the recall beginning Feb. 28.
Owner notification letters will also be mailed on April 25, 2023.