Tesla Recalls Model 3 Vehicles Due to Faulty Rearview Camera Connection

Tesla is issuing a recall for all of the Model 3 cars from 2017-20 due to a faulty rearview camera and a misaligned front trunk latch that can potentially cause front trunks to open while driving. Over 475,000 vehicles are included in this recall. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rearview cameras have a solid coaxial cable used to send the feed from the rearview camera to the vehicle’s center display. However, repeatedly opening and closing the trunk lid caused excessive wear to the cable, causing it to separate and not display the camera feed on the center display. This will affect the driver’s view and can increase the risk of collision.

Tesla will inspect the trunk harnesses in affected vehicles and equip the harness with a guide to protect it from further wear if found necessary. Owners who paid to fix or replace the trunk harness for the same issue prior to the recall could be eligible for a reimbursement from the company. Tesla discontinued the problematic trunk harness at the end of the 2020 model year and has developed a different harness design for the 2021 Model 3 vehicles. A letter will be mailed to owners beginning on February 18 to notify them of the issue.

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