San Francisco. The US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation after receiving complaints about defective seat belt parts in Tesla cars. The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) recently received two complaints reporting seat belt failures in 2022 and 2023 Model X vehicles.
“Both vehicles were delivered to owners with inadequately attached anchor linkages,” NHTSA said.
NHTSA said about 50,000 Model X cars could be affected.
The fault involves the point at which the seat belt pretensioner and anchor are attached.
According to the agency, ‘the linkage and pretensioner suddenly separated when they were stressed.’
No one was hurt in either case, according to NHTSA, however.
Tesla has not yet responded to these complaints.
The electric car company is also facing a preliminary investigation by NHTSA of 120,000 Model Y cars (2023 models) after reports emerged of the steering wheel falling dangerously close while driving.
Tesla also issued a voluntary recall for its electric semi truck over a rollaway risk related to a possible emergency brake failure just months after its release.
Last year, Tesla recalled more than 3,21,000 vehicles due to software glitches.
The recall includes certain 2023 Model 3 vehicles and 2020 to 2023 Model Y vehicles.(IANS)
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