By on January 3, 2022

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that Tesla will be recalling 356,309 examples of the Model 3 presumed to be suffering from a defect that can cause the rearview camera to malfunction. Another 119,009 Model S sedans will also be recalled over a problem pertaining to the frontal hood latch. 

Regulators believe both items pose a safety risk to drivers and Tesla will be issuing a formal recall to address the matter, though the hood latch seems the more hazardous issue. The Model 3 (MY 2017-2020) is only being repaired over the potential for the rear camera cable harness getting pinched after repeated trunk use. Tesla believes that some units could have been placed in a way that makes them subject to undue wear, causing the camera display to fail.

While the Model S recall similarly pertains to the premature wearing of parts, it’s another one of those hood latch problems where the worst-case scenario involves you getting a face full of sheet metal at highway speeds. It’s one of those issues you cannot believe manufacturers are still getting wrong, yet persists with surprising regularity. It wasn’t all that long ago since we were writing about how Honda was recalling nearly 800,000 automobiles for roughly the same item. The Japanese company was worried that drivers would be blinded by the hood while in motion and the same applies to Tesla — with the American automaker making explicit mention of hoods coming undone “without warning and obstruct the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash” in its report to the NHTSA.

On the upside, documents state that the manufacturer is not aware of any deaths, injuries, or crashes, related to the issues with the Model S and Model 3 recalls.

The automaker has also heeded guidance from the regulator to stop allowing people to play video games using the infotainment system while a vehicle is in motion. Tesla was chided last month by the media for allowing passengers to play a subset of video games the driver could see and even take advantage of if they were okay with violating the company’s terms. While the NHTSA was running an investigation into the matter (one of several it has against Tesla that could easily be levied at any number of legacy automakers) the automaker simply removed the feature from its user interface. Though it has not made any formal promises to regulators to keep it that way.

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18 Comments on “Tesla Recalling 475,000 Cars Over Camera, Hood Latch Issues...”


  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Such superior engineering coming out of Tesla. I can see why people gush over that company. Can’t figure out latches, back up cams, cruise control software that rockets you into trucks, and bumpers that fall off in the rain.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Tesla has also recalled about 200k 3s and Ss in China for the same issues.

    On the plus side, they delivered a record 936k cars in 2021, so on Wall Street all these sins are forgiven.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Hood latch issues? Gee, good thing these cars drive themselves. Wait…

  • avatar
    jmo2

    As for Wall Street the GM mass recall of the Bolt seems like a bigger issue in terms of the, “once these big companies switch to EVs Tesla is toast.” Theory. Not to mention Tesla’s vertical integration allowing it to ship 86% more cars in 2021 when other manufactures are still in negative numbers vs 2019.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Is Tesla still in business?

  • avatar
    mcs

    Wow, what amateurs. You’d never see this happen at a real car company like Honda:

    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a38425033/honda-passport-pilot-ridgeline-hood-recall/

    Or Dodge:
    https://www.chrysler.com/universal/webselfservice/pdf/973.pdf

    or GM:
    https://www.motorsafety.org/chevrolet-corvette-vehicles-recalled-for-faulty-hood-latch-software/

    https://www.autoblog.com/2014/10/03/gm-recalling-524k-vehicles-over-hood-latches-toe-link-nuts/

    or Nissan:
    https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2022-nissan-pathfinder-recall-hood-latch/

    and definitely not Toyota:
    https://auto-recalls.justia.com/toyota/scion-xb/2009/08v451000/

    Yeah, just because everyone else has had the problem is definitely not an excuse, but it’s not just tesla. I guess if you want good hood latches, you have to go to Porsche. Wait, never mind:

    https://repairpal.com/recall/14V698000

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Confirmation bias? I made a joke about it above, but you’re right – every car company in the world has recalls.

      Having said that, though, I am still beating the “Tesla needs to work on its’ quality” drum.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        “Having said that, though, I am still beating the “Tesla needs to work on its’ quality” drum.”

        I’ll join you on that one. To add to that further, they need to provide better support for independent shops – which to me is an even bigger issue than the quality. The quality issues are fixed under warranty, so it isn’t that big of a deal to me. But, with Tesla, the cost of post-warranty repairs between the company and the independents is massive.

        Hopefully with Austin and Berlin coming online, the pressure will come off of Fremont and they can take the time to build the cars right.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      “Wow, what amateurs. You’d never see this happen at a real car company like Honda:”

      What do Honda recalls have to do with an article about Tesla recalls?

      When someone talks about baseball do you bring up football? When you talk to your financial advisor and they bring up your finances, do you bring up your neighbors finances too?

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        @Dahlquist6862: “What do Honda” Everything about it, or does your early Alzheimer’s addled brain not comprehend that.

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          Not sure what the beginning gibberish is but can you answer the question or are you going to continue to deflect?

          What does Honda recalls have to do with an article about recalls from the manufacturer of 3rd world level EVs? I’ll help you out kiddo…nothing. It’s irrelevant and pointless to talk about Honda recalls in an article about Tesla and their garbage EVs

  • avatar

    Despite of anti-Tesla hysteria on this site it is not that different from Honda.

  • avatar

    There is no point on busting on Tesla anymore. They have won and that is all there is to it. GM on the other hand has just lost its domestic sales crown to Toyota. For the first time in 90 years GM is no longer the top car maker in the US.

    GM – what a disgrace!!!

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      GM sold 2.2 million cars in the US in 2021 and made money doing it.

      Tesla sold less than a million worldwide in 2021.

      But yes Tesla has won…..

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I’m shocked at that because I don’t even think they sell that many models at this point. Think about it:

        Silverado 1500 + GMC clone
        Silverado 2500 + GMC clone
        Silverado 3500 + GMC clone and other (i.e. dump trucks).
        Colorado + GMC clone
        Savana full size van.

        Suburban + GMC clone + Cadillac clone
        Tahoe + GMC clone + Cadillac clone

        Trax + Buick clone
        Blazer/Trailblazer (+ GMC clone?)
        Equinox + GMC clone + Buick clone + Cadillac clone(s)
        Traverse + GMC clone + Buick clone + Cadillac clone

        Corvette
        Camaro
        Bolt

        CT4
        CT5
        CT6 (?)

        Did I miss anything?

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          Doesn’t look like it. That is why they make money and their warrants costs are (compared to Ford) very low.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          A few things are missing. Let’s look at this by segment.

          FULL-SIZE PICKUP
          Silverado, Sierra

          HD PICKUP
          Silverado HD, Sierra HD

          MIDSIZE PICKUP
          Colorado, Canyon

          FULL-SIZE SUV
          Suburban, Yukon XL, Escalade ESV
          Tahoe, Yukon, Escalade

          CARGO VAN
          Express, Savana

          CAB-FORWARD TRUCK
          LCF

          SUBCOMPACT CUV
          Trax, Encore
          Trailblazer, Encore GX
          Bolt EUV

          COMPACT CUV
          Equinox, Terrain, Envision, XT4

          MIDSIZE CUV
          Blazer, XT5
          Acadia, XT6

          LARGE THREE-ROW CUV
          Traverse, Enclave

          SUBCOMPACT HATCH
          Spark (yes, still)
          Bolt EV

          COMPACT SEDAN
          Malibu
          CT4

          MIDSIZE SEDAN
          CT5

          4-SEAT COUPE
          Camaro

          SPORTS CAR
          Corvette

          But in any event it’s worth remembering that Silverado + Sierra + Equinox, just three products, represent an outright majority of all the sales in the report.

  • avatar
    JD-Shifty

    it’s really too bad GM never made a car as good as a civic or corolla for the budget minded

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