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Tesla recalls about .5m electric vehicles over safety defects

Victor Uzoho

American electric vehicle and clean energy company, Tesla, has recalled nearly 500,000 cars in the United States due to technical troubles that could heighten the risk of a crash.

Speaking with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla said it is recalling 356,309 Model 3 vehicles made between 2017 and 2020, because the rear-view camera cable support could be damaged from opening and shutting the trunk.

According to Tesla, the glitch could keep the rear-view camera image from displaying.

The company also said it is recalling up to 119,009 Model S cars made since 2014 due to a defective front-trunk latch that could have the hood popping up unexpectedly and could obstruct the driver’s view.

Meanwhile, the company which designs and manufactures electric cars, battery energy storage from home to grid-scale, solar panels and solar roof tiles, and related products and services, received one of its highest level of recognition last year with its Model Y vehicle.

In December, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named Model Y a Top Safety Pick+.

The company which designs and manufactures electric cars, battery energy storage from home to grid-scale, solar panels and solar roof tiles, and related products and services, received one of its highest level of recognition last year with its Model Y vehicle.

This comes after Model Y scored the highest possible ratings in all IIHS crashworthiness and front crash avoidance tests.

In May 2021, Model 3 and Model Y cars built for the North American market transitioned to Tesla Vision, the camera vision and neural net processing system that delivers Autopilot, Full-Self Driving capability and certain active safety features.

Beyond physical crash tests, IIHS places significant emphasis on crash avoidance technologies, which help reduce impact severity or prevent accidents from happening altogether.

Following this transition, both Model Y and Model 3 received “superior” ratings in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash-avoidance tests, the highest possible scores.

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