Teslas have become an increasingly popular choice with car buyers. That means that recalls and safety issues affecting the once-rare electric vehicles are important for everyone to know about, whether they drive one or share the road with them.
At the end of the year, Tesla announced that it was recalling over 475,000 of two of its models with model years between 2014 and 2021 because of issues with the rearview camera and the trunk that could lead to a crash.
Most of the recalled vehicles (over 350,000) are the Model 3 sedans. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the problem is that “the rearview camera cable harness may be damaged by the opening and closing of the trunk lid, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying.”
These vehicles, which make up the remainder of this recall, may experience problems with the latch on the front trunk, which can cause the trunk to open “without warning and obstruct the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash,” according to the automaker.
According to Tesla, it has had reports of these malfunctions. However, it claims it’s not aware of them causing any crashes or of anyone being injured as a result.
Not long ago, Tesla had some unwanted publicity regarding another safety issue. This involved a programming update that allowed drivers to play games on a screen. After considerable backlash, the company made the feature inoperable while the car was moving.
If you’re involved in a crash for which another driver blames a malfunction in their vehicle, you still have every right to seek the compensation to which you’re entitled. If the vehicle manufacturer is determined to be at fault, you may be able to hold them liable. It’s wise to seek legal advice so that you can optimize your claim.