Tesla recalls 125,000 vehicles over issues with seat belt warning system

Tesla is recalling more than 125,000 vehicles to fix a seat belt warning system that can increase the risk of injury in a collision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall includes certain 2012-2024 Model S, 2015-2024 Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles.

The seat belt warning system is supposed to provide audible and visual seat belt reminder signals to drivers to alert them that their seat belt is not fastened. NHTSA said that in certain vehicles, the audible and visual seat belt reminder signals did not sound when they were supposed to, which does not meet federal safety requirements.

The NHTSA said that as of Tuesday, Tesla had identified 104 warranty claims that may be related to the condition. The company is not aware of any collisions, deaths or injuries that may be related to this condition.

Tesla, led by billionaire Elon Musk, plans to begin rolling out a free, over-the-air software update to affected vehicles in June. The software update will remove the driver’s seat occupancy switch’s reliance on software and will only rely on the driver’s seat belt buckle and ignition status to activate the seat belt reminder signals.

Last month, Tesla recalled 3,878 of its 2024 Cybertrucks after discovering that the accelerator pedal can become stuck, which could cause the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally and increase the risk of an accident.

In February, NHTSA announced a recall of nearly 2.2 million Tesla vehicles sold in the United States because some warning lights on the instrument panel are too small. The agency also said at the time that it had upgraded a 2023 investigation into Tesla’s steering problems to an engineering analysis, a step closer toward a recall.

In April, NHTSA said it was investigating whether last year’s recall of Tesla’s Autopilot driving system did enough to ensure drivers paid attention to the road.

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