According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, Tesla has initiated two new recalls for potential seat belt issues affecting up to 7,696 vehicles in the US.
One recall applies to up to 5,530 of Tesla’s electric cars, including Model 3s from 2018 to 2020 and Model Ys from 2019 to 2021. These are the driver’s and passenger’s seat belts. The cars were manufactured between July 6, 2018 and March 21, 2020.
Tesla told NHTSA in a defect notice that this issue was due to workers not always tightening the seat belts in place correctly or to properly verify that specifications were met after installing the seat belts.
The NHTSA wrote in a recall acknowledgment: “A misplaced clasp can prevent the seat belt system from working as designed, increasing the risk of injury.”
The second recall applies to up to 2,166 of the 2019-2021 Tesla Model Y crossovers made by Tesla between November 26, 2019 and March 30, 2021.
“During assembly, if the operator made multiple unsuccessful attempts to tighten the seat belt retractor latch on the left or right side of the second row to the correct specification, they may have unknowingly threaded the latch, resulting in it may compromise the ability to tighten the fastener to the correct specification, despite a confirmation in the torque log, “Tesla told NHTSA in a defect notice sent to the vehicle safety agency in late May.
Sometimes there is an “abnormal noise” that indicates a problem with the seat belt in affected vehicles, Tesla also noted.
Elon Musk’s electric vehicle maker has issued three separate recalls this week after problems with the assembly caused potential safety issues.
As previously reported by CNBC, Tesla is also recalling 5,974 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles because the bolts on the car’s brake calipers could be loose. This problem can cause, among other things, a loss of pressure in the tires and can affect the performance and safety of the vehicle.
Tesla employees previously told CNBC that they didn’t have enough time to finish their tasks properly during vehicle assembly and were forced to cut corners.