Tesla’s trunk latch and rear camera recalls extend to 200,000 more vehicles in China


Tesla has started two recalls of almost 500,000 vehicles in the US due to a problem with its trunk latch and reverse camera.

Now we learn that the same recalls are extending to 200,000 more vehicles in China.

Yesterday, we reported on NHTSA announcing that Tesla initiated two recalls.

The first recall is affecting about 119,000 Model S sedans in the US and it involves a potentially misaligned front trunk (frunk) latch that can result in the hood opening when driving.

Now China’s State Administration for Regulations announced that Tesla is also recalling 19,697 Model S vehicles imported into the country for the same problem.

They wrote in the notice (translated from Chinese):

“Vehicles within the scope of this recall may have a situation where the front trunk latch and the lock catch are aligned slightly behind. Although this situation does not affect the locking of the primary latch, it may affect the locking of the secondary latch. . When the primary latch is accidentally released, if the secondary latch is not locked, the front trunk lid may suddenly open while the vehicle is driving, affecting the driver’s line of sight, increasing the risk of a collision, and posing safety hazards.”

The second recall NHTSA announced yesterday involved up to 356,309 Model 3 vehicles in the US built between 2017 and 2020.

The rearview camera harness may be improperly assembled, which could lead to it being damaged and not working anymore.

In China, they announced that the same issue is resulting in a recall of 35,836 imported Model 3 vehicles and 144,208 Model 3 vehicles built at Gigafactory Shanghai.

In both cases, Tesla is notifying the affected owners. It will check each car and fix the latch or rear camera harness if needed.

As we reported yesterday, the fixes for both issues are fairly simple and inexpensive, but they will put a strain on Tesla’s busy service team due to the volume of vehicles to check.

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