Tesla Recalls Model X SUVs

Tesla Model X

The recall covers Model X SUVs equipped with third-row seats that could fail in an accident.

Tesla Motors is recalling 2,700 Model X SUVs after the company discovered that the third-row seats could fail in an accident.

The vehicles covered by the recall were manufactured before March 26 and have a third-row seating provided by an outside supplier, Futuris. Tesla said Futuris will be responsible for the cost of the recall.

Tesla discovered the issue with the seats during safety testing prior to the start of Model X deliveries in Europe but said that the overall safety of the SUV was not compromised.

"Until the recall is is performed, you may make full use of your Model X, although we ask that you temporarily not have anyone sit in the third row seats while the car is in use," Tesla said in an email to affected Model X owners.

The Model X went on sale last September after lengthy delays caused by its unorthodox design, such as upward-opening falcon doors. Tesla CEO Elon Musk later blamed the company's "hubris" for making the car so complex that it is a challenge to mass-manufacture.

Tesla has booked more than 325,000 orders for its Model 3, a $35,000 sedan meant to broaden Tesla's market share, since its unveiling March 31. 

Last year, Tesla recalled 90,000 of its Model S sedans to inspect a seatbelt attachment.

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