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Tesla has issued a voluntary recall for 2,700 Model X crossovers in the US, over concerns that the third-row seats could fold forward in the event of a crash. The affected units were produced before March 26, 2016.

According to The Verge, Tesla has already issued a letter to Model X owners, alerting them of the recall. In the letter, the company says that during an internal seat strength test, which was conducted prior to the start of Model X deliveries in Europe, the recliner in a third row Model X seat unexpectedly slipped.

The recliner, which is provided to Tesla by an outside supplier, is the locking hinge that allows the third row seat back to fold forward, and if it were to slip during a crash, the seat back could move forward.


Tesla say that similar tests were conducted before the start of Model X deliveries in North America, where 15 confirmation tests have been conducted without a single recliner failure. Test number 16 prior to European deliveries prompted this recall.

Nonetheless, the company has decided to conduct a voluntary recall as a precautionary measure, and will be replacing all affected third row seat backs. A new recliner design with improved quality will be installed on affected vehicles, says Tesla.

This isn’t the first time Tesla cars have been recalled. In November last year, the company issued a voluntary recall for every Model S it has ever made, due to a single report from Europe, where the car’s seatbelt wasn’t installed properly.

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