Tesla recalls SUVs over seat issue

Tesla recalls SUVs over seat issue

Tesla is recalling 2,700 of its Model X SUVs because of safety concerns regarding its seats.

The electric vehicle manufacturer says a defective hinge in the third row of seats could cause them to collapse under heavy impact such as a collision if a person is sitting in them.

The faulty part is the reclining mechanism of the rear seat that allows it to fold forward.

No injuries have been reported, but owners of the luxury SUV are being advised not to let anyone ride in the third row until their vehicle has been fixed.

Tesla says it has issued a voluntary recall of all Model X cars built before March 26 as a precautionary measure after the glitch was spotted during an inspection of a car being delivered to Europe.

The company has emailed customers to inform them that the third row of seats in their Model X will be replaced by an approved Tesla service centre.

The Model X is built at Tesla's factory in Freemont, south-east of San Francisco in California. The site was formerly a General Motors plant that built petrol-engine models such as the Pontiac GTO muscle car and Chevrolet El Camino pick-up.

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