Tesla recalls 120,000 cars over faulty doors

Vehicles with fault include Tesla’s Model S and Model X produced from 2021 to 2023
The image displays a Tesla vehicle. — Unsplash
The image displays a Tesla vehicle. — Unsplash

Tesla, a magnate-class e-car manufacturer in the global auto sector, has decided to recall 120,000 more vehicles over faulty doors.

The latest recall comes just a week after the company recalled almost all of its US vehicles, around 2 million vehicles after its Autopilot system was found malfunctioning.

According to the engineers who detected the fault in certain models of Tesla, the fault has the potential to automatically open the doors during a crash.

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Vehicles in which the fault has been found are Tesla’s Model S and Model X produced from 2021 to 2023, as per a Business Insider report.

The engineers had "observed a cabin door unlatch after impact on the non-struck side" during inspections earlier this month, the company said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The vehicle under inspection was found "operating without the lockout functionality," which the company said was "inadvertently excluded from the affected vehicles" with software updates rolled out in late September 2021.

With owners of affected vehicles, due to be notified on February 17, 2024, and having issued a free over-the-air software update to rectify the situation, the company said it was "not aware of any warranty claims or injuries relating to this condition".

NHTSA, in a comment to Reuters, said it had assessed the company's solution "because it only received the software update on the vehicles it owns a few days ago."

Vehicles that are slated to receive a free software update include 2012 through 2023 Model S; 2016 through 2023 Model X; 2017 through 2023 Model 3; and 2020 through 2023 Model Y vehicles with Autosteer installed in them.