Tesla to recall 2,700 Model X SUVs over third-row seat issue image

Tesla will recall 2,700 Model X sport utility vehicles in the United States after it discovered a problem with the third-row seats.

This week, the electric carmaker has started to notify Model X owners in the United States that the SUV may have a faulty locking hinge in the third-row seats that increases the risk for the seats to fall forward in an accident. Tesla said it found the problem during an internal seat strength test that was made prior to the start of Model X deliveries in Europe, but it has received no reports of incidents related to the issue. Even if Tesla conducted 15 such tests in the US, the seats remained in place. However, the issues have started to appear when the tests were pushed a bit further prior of the European launch.

“Until the recall is performed, you may make full use of your Model X, although we ask that you temporarily not have anyone sit in the third row seats while the car is in use,” the company said in an e-mail to affected customers. The recall targets all Model X SUVs built before March 26 this year. Dealers will replace both third-row seats in about two hours, while the entire recall will take around five weeks, according to Jon McNeil, Tesla’s president of sales and service.

The recall comes right at the time when Tesla is ready to speed up its production of Model X, which has been hampered so far because of supplier parts shortages in January and February that lasted much longer than initially expected. Tesla delivered 2,400 SUVs in the first three months of the year, and it rose the output in late March to 750 units per week.