Tesla Model 3 recalled in large numbers due Trunk Lid Harness issues


Information on Tesla’s official website shows that the company is voluntarily recalling some Tesla Model 3 cars. This recall applies to models that were manufactured between the period from October 4, 2018, to November 20, 2019. It also involves some Tesla Model 3 with production dates between October 14, 2019, and December 27, 2020.

Tesla Model 3

According to Tesla’s official description, the trunk lid harness of the Model 3 cars comes with a solid coaxial cable. This cable makes it possible for the rearview camera to display its feed on the center display. Due to the continuous opening and closing of the trunk lid, this coaxial cable may wear out significantly. This wear and tear may cause the coaxial cable to separate and this will cause the rearview camera to not provide its feed on the center display. This can significantly affect the driver’s vision when reversing. However, Tesla estimates that the percentage of cars with this issue is less than 1%. 

Tesla has not received reports of injuries or crashes in this situation. Due to the large number of recalls involved, Tesla needs to make overall arrangements for related work. After the preparations are ready, the service center will take the initiative to contact users. At present, a number of car owners have received Tesla’s recall notification SMS.

Regarding the repair, Tesla’s website partly reads

“At no cost to you, Tesla Service will inspect the trunk harness on affected vehicles for wear. If the amount of wear is within the specification for the coaxial cable, Tesla Service will install a guide protector to prevent further wear. If the amount of wear is beyond the specification, Tesla Service will replace the harness and install a guide protector. The harness inspection and installation of the guide protector take under 5 minutes to perform. If the harness requires replacement, the repair takes about 40 minutes”.

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Tesla will not launch a cheap model this year

Analysts believe that Tesla will be making a huge mistake if it fails to launch some cheap models. According to Guggenheim analyst Ali Faghri, Tesla will lose huge revenue in the next 10 years if it can’t launch a $25,000 model on the market. He added “In the mid-2020s, entry into the low-priced vehicle market will be critical to support Tesla’s growth prospects,”

Rendering of Tesla’s $25,000 model

On Wednesday, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk dismissed the possibility of launching a $25,000 model this year. He said that the company will focus resources on rolling out fully self-driving technology and ensuring higher prices for the likes of the Model 3 and Model Y. He said “We are not currently developing a $25,000 model, but we will develop it in the future. At present, the most important thing is fully autonomous driving technology.”

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