Tesla has announced the recall of 475,000 units of its Model 3 and Model S electric cars in the United States. This number is equivalent to half a million units supplied by automakers worldwide by 2020. A total of 356,309 cars will be replaced in all Model 3s manufactured between 2017 and 2020.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), closing the trunk of a Model 3 sedan, an American company that reduces traffic accidents and fatalities, can damage the rear camera and prevent pictures from being taken. In the case of the Model S, the problem is more serious: failure to close the hood opens in the middle of traffic, greatly increasing the risk of collisions.
Other issues have already prompted the NHTSA to open further inquiries into Tesla’s cars. In February, the South African-born American billionaire Elon Musk-based automaker agreed to recall 35,000 vehicles to fix issues with the touchscreen display. Then, in August, the NHTSA opened a security inquiry into the failures of the automated pilot system that led to the accidents.
The most recent lawsuit came after the road safety company discovered in December that 580,000 Tesla cars were allowed to play games on the central display. Later, the company agreed to park the games with the vehicles in motion.
Musk is not the only one facing the authorities for failures in the United States. In China, Tesla announced in November that it would recall 21,600 units to inspect the steering wheel assembly, a part that allows wheels to rotate. Non-standard components can cause distortion or breakage while the car is running, increasing the chances of accidents. Earlier, in June, the ship control system affected 285,000 vehicles, most of which were domestically manufactured.
Controversy with China clashes with another musk company: SpaceX. This week, A division of SpaceX sent formal opposition to the Beijing United Nations Office for Space Affairs against the Starling Internet Services satellites. According to the Chinese government, maneuvers were needed at the Tiangong space station to avoid a collision with Starling instruments.
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