Tesla Recalls Over 125,000 EVs to Fix Faulty Seat Belt Warnings

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  • Tesla is recalling over 125,000 cars over faulty seat belt warnings.
  • The move covers most Model S, 3, X, and Y production years.
  • A software fix is coming this June.

Tesla has issued another recall, this time to address problematic seat belt warnings.

The EV maker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that 125,227 cars ran afoul of US regulations requiring audible and visual alerts if the vehicle starts when the driver’s seat belt isn’t fastened.  On affected models, an “open trace” in the occupancy switch would prevent the alerts from activating.

The recall affects all model years for the Tesla Model S, X, and Y. It doesn’t cover the 2024 Model 3. All Model 3 and Y cars made from November 15th, 2023 onward go through a “functional test” for the occupancy switch, as do all S and X variants made starting April 29th of this year.

Tesla said it would fix the problem with an over-the-air update slated to arrive in June. The patch would remove the reliance on the switch for alerts and instead use both the belt buckle and the startup status to activate the seat belt reminder.

There haven’t been any injuries tied to the faulty seat belt warnings. However, Tesla has had to recall its cars frequently in recent years.

The brand recently had to fix every Cybertruck sold over the risk of a stuck accelerator pedal, and has to mend hardware and software issues that include misaligned cameras and sensors that wouldn’t engage. In a few cases, the flaws violated US safety regulations.

Recalls aren’t known to have had a significant effect on Tesla sales. However, they’ve come as officials have raised questions about the safety of the brand’s semi-autonomous driving features. The NHTSA is even investigating an Autopilot update that might not have been enough to prevent crashes. Consistent safety remains a sore point for Tesla, even as it continues to dominate key EV markets like the US.