Tesla Recalls 125,000 Vehicles for Seat Belt Warning Fix


Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is recalling more than 125,000 vehicles to address an issue with the seat belt warning system that may heighten the risk of injury in a collision.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this recall affects specific models, including 2012-2024 Model S, 2015-2024 Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles.

The seat belt warning system is designed to give both audible and visual reminders to drivers that their seat belt isn’t fastened. The NHTSA reported that in certain vehicles, these reminder signals were not activating as required by federal safety standards.

As of Tuesday, Tesla identified 104 warranty claims that may be connected to this issue. The company stated that there have been no reported collisions, injuries, or fatalities related to the problem.

Led by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla plans to roll out an over-the-air software update to the affected vehicles at no cost in June. This update will ensure that the seat belt reminder system operates based solely on the driver seat belt buckle and ignition status, eliminating reliance on the driver seat occupancy switch.

Last month, Tesla recalled 3,878 of its 2024 Cybertrucks due to an accelerator pedal issue that could cause unintended acceleration, increasing the risk of a crash.

In February, the NHTSA announced the recall of nearly 2.2 million Tesla vehicles in the U.S. due to insufficiently visible warning lights on the instrument panel. The agency also escalated a 2023 investigation into Tesla’s steering issues to an engineering analysis, bringing it closer to a potential recall.

In April, the NHTSA began investigating whether last year’s recall of Tesla’s Autopilot system adequately ensured that drivers remain attentive to the road.

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