Tesla believes only about 3 percent of the recalled vehicles have the issue. The company's mobile service means a service van comes to you.
Internal testing revealed that cables in second-row fold-flat seats in 2016 and 2017 model year vehicles might need to be adjusted to "ensure the safety" of those riding inside, a Tesla spokesperson said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. This could theoretically result in problems if adults are in the seats in case of an accident, though Tesla says that they haven't seen anything related to this issue in the field, or in any customer auto as of yet.
This is the second time Tesla has issued a recall for its Model X SUVs due to problems with the seats' latch.
An improperly adjusted cable could cause the seat back to move in a crash.
No incidents have been reported by customers, but the company is offering free repairs either through its mobile service or at a service center. The automaker recalled 2,700 Model X vehicles in April 2016 because the third-row seats could move if there were an accident.
Tesla recalls tend to be voluntary, and its latest is no exception. Tesla estimates the fix will take approximately 10 minutes. Model X has received the highest rating in every category and subcategory in independent safety tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and we continue to conduct our own internal testing to ensure that Model X remains the safest SUV in the world.
The number of Model X vehicles being recalled was estimated at 11,000, with only a small percentage expected to have the seat cable problem. There haven't been any reports of seat issues in the field.