Tesla Motors on Monday announced that it recalling 2,700 Model X sport utility vehicles after some issues were revealed with the third-row seats during the strength tests done by the company.
"Recently, during an internal seat strength test that was conducted prior to the start of Model X deliveries in Europe, the recliner in a third row Model X seat unexpectedly slipped," Tesla said Monday in an email to affected customers. All the affected customers are in the U.S. "Until the recall is performed, you may make full use of your Model X, although we ask that you temporarily not have anyone sit in the third row seats while the car is in use."
Tesla started the delivery of Model X in September. The voluntary recall covers vehicles that were made before March 26. Tesla announced that it is now constructing new third-row seat backs and will finish this work within five weeks.
The Model X recall "is out of an abundance of caution for our customers," Jon McNeil, Tesla's president of sales and service, told reporters on a conference call Monday. "There have been no issues with any failures in the field." McNeil expressed confidence that Model X production remains on track and that the voluntary recall will not affect the production rate. In November, 90,000 Model S sedans were recalled by the automaker to check seat belts.