Tesla is recalling the new Model X crossover over a safety issue with the third-row seats.
The company explains the third row seats’ hinges could fail in the event of accident, allowing the seat back to collapse. Interestingly, the seat passed crash tests in the United States with flying colors, but it failed the more stringent tests that all new cars sold in Europe are put through.
The recall affects 2,700 crossovers manufactured in Fremont, California, before March 26th. All of the affected cars are located in the United States, and most of them have already been delivered to customers. The company stresses that the recall is voluntary, and that no injuries or fatalities have been blamed on the defect.
Tesla quickly worked with Futuris, the Australian supplier who built the hinge, to develop a fix. Owners of affected vehicles will need to stop by their nearest Tesla service center to get the third-row seat hinges replaced free of charge. The process will take approximately two hours, and Tesla expects that every Model X will be fixed in five weeks’ time. In the meantime, the firm is urging owners not to use the third row.