On Thursday, Tesla issued a voluntary recall for Model X SUVs built between October 2016 and August 2017, to address a potential second-row seat malfunction.
The timing of a recall for a Model X seat issue isn’t great, for two reasons. First, Tesla has been dogged by seat problems with its SUV every since the vehicle launched in 2015. Second, the company is struggling to ramp up production on its Model 3 sedan, but failing to meet its own expectations — the seat issue with the X suggests that the 3 could be in for similar quality control troubles, especially because Tesla skipped the assembly line prototyping stage of production.
The number of Model X’s recalled over roughly a ten-month period is equal to about 10% of Tesla’s current production, so the recall demonstrates that if Tesla has a problem it can affect a lot of its fleet. And the concern over the seats is serious: they could fail to lock in place and shift during a collision.
Tesla has always been quite good about recalls, however, usually proactively issuing them and them moving quickly to inform its owners. In my experience, the company’s “abundance of caution” approach is actually …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology