Date
25 July 2017
Tesla is recalling thousands of the Model X SUV out of an abundance of caution. There have been no problems with the vehicle on the road, the company says. Photo: theverge.com
Tesla is recalling thousands of the Model X SUV out of an abundance of caution. There have been no problems with the vehicle on the road, the company says. Photo: theverge.com

Tesla recalls 2,700 Model X SUVs to fix third-row seats

Tesla Motors Inc. is recalling 2,700 Model X sport utility vehicles to repair the third-row seats after strength tests found a potential problem.

It’s the first such action for the SUV “out of an abundance of caution for our customers,” said Jon McNeil, president of sales and service.

“There have been no issues with any failures in the field.”

The voluntary recall of the covers vehicles made before March 26, Bloomberg reports.

The electric-vehicle maker is making new third-row seat backs and expects to replace them all within five weeks.

The recall is just the latest problem for the Model X, which was already late coming to market because of issues with the the independently operable second-row seats and with the so-called “falcon-wing” doors that open vertically.

Chief executive Elon Musk said that the Model X’s unique features were difficult to engineer and relied heavily on parts suppliers.

Sales have missed expectations because of parts shortages stemming from Tesla’s “hubris in adding far too much new technology” to the Model X, the company said in an April press release.

Tesla began delivering the Model X in September after several production delays and shipped 2,400 of the SUVs in the first quarter.

Tesla unveiled its mass-market Model 3 sedan on March 31 and at least 325,000 pre-orders have been placed for the car, which is expected in late 2017.

As Tesla gears up to build its Model 3, the company will have to have its suppliers and factory ready to make more cars than it ever has while avoiding the pitfalls it has suffered with Model X.

The company also makes the Model S sedan.

McNeil said that Model X production remains on track and that the voluntary recall will not affect the production rate.

In November, Tesla recalled 90,000 Model S sedans to check seat belts.

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