Tesla Recalls: What You Need to Know as a Tesla Owner

Tesla is known for its innovative and cutting-edge electric vehicles, but even the most advanced cars can have some issues. In the past year, Tesla recalled more than 600,000 vehicles due to various technical defects that may affect the safety and performance of the cars. If you are a Tesla owner or a potential buyer, you need to know what these recalls are, how they affect you, and what you can do about them.

What are the Tesla recalls?

Tesla issued several recalls in 2023, covering different models and years of production. Here are some of the most notable ones:

  • Rearview camera recall: This recall affects about 475,000 Model 3 and Model S vehicles produced between 2017 and 2021. The rearview camera may malfunction or become inoperable due to a software issue, reducing the driver’s visibility and increasing the risk of crashing.
  • Front trunk latch recall: This recall also affects about 475,000 Model 3 and Model S vehicles produced between 2017 and 2021. The front trunk, or frunk, latches may not engage properly, causing the frunk to open unexpectedly while driving. This could obstruct the driver’s view or damage the vehicle.
  • Infotainment system recall: This recall affects about 130,000 Model S and Model X vehicles produced between 2012 and 2018. The infotainment system may overheat before and during fast charging, causing the screen to go blank or display distorted images. This could affect the functionality of the navigation, backup camera, climate control, and other features.
  • Power steering recall: This recall affects about 40,000 Model S and Model X vehicles produced in 2017. The power steering assist may fail due to a firmware issue, making the steering wheel harder to turn. This could increase the steering effort and the risk of losing control of the vehicle.

How do these recalls affect you?

If your Tesla vehicle is affected by one or more of these recalls, you may experience reduced functionality, performance, or safety of your car. You may also face potential legal or financial consequences if you are involved in an accident or a violation due to these defects. Therefore, it is important to take action as soon as possible to address these issues and ensure your car is in optimal condition.

What can you do about these recalls?

Tesla is working to resolve these issues by providing free repairs or software updates to the affected vehicles. You can check if your car is included in any of these recalls by entering your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the Tesla recall website. You can also schedule and manage service appointments, view and approve estimates, and review service history through the Tesla app. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your preferred Tesla service center or fill out this form and select the ‘Recalls’ topic.

Tesla is committed to providing the best customer service and the highest quality products to its customers. By taking these steps, you can ensure your Tesla vehicle is safe, reliable, and enjoyable to drive. Remember, The Ziam is your go-to source for all things Tesla, so stay tuned for more updates and tips on how to get the most out of your electric car. 🚗

Source: (1) Tesla recalls 475,000 vehicles due to camera and front trunk issues – CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/30/tech/tesla-recall-camera-frunk/index.html. (2) Tesla recalls almost half a million electric cars over safety issues – CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/30/tesla-recalls-475000-model-3-model-s-electric-cars-over-safety-issues.html. (3) Tesla recalls 130K vehicles due to overheating infotainment … – CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/10/cars/tesla-recall-screen-issue/index.html. (4) Tesla recalls 40,000 cars over possible loss of power steering – CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/08/tesla-recalls-40000-cars-over-possible-loss-of-power-steering-.html. (5) VIN Recall Search – Tesla Service. https://service.tesla.com/vin-recall-search. (6) Recall Information | Tesla Support. https://www.tesla.com/support/annual-and-recall-service.

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