Tesla has recalled 356,309 Model 3 and 119,009 Model S electric cars following a pair of safety reports released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The safety reports leading to the recall highlight issues with the rear camera of the Tesla Model 3s manufactured between 2017-2020 and issues with the front-trunk of Model Ses manufactured between 2014-2021.
The 475,318 cars recalled are almost equal to the half a million cars Tesla delivered last year, according to Reuters.
The report states that repeated opening and closing of the trunk on the Model 3 causes damage to a cable connected to the rear-view camera. When that cable is severed the camera feed is no longer displayed on the display, decreasing the driver’s visibility and increasing the risk of collision.
The Model S recall is due to an issue with the secondary latch which helps hold the front trunk in place. If the primary latch is unintentionally released the lid could open and obstruct the driver’s view.
While nearly half a million cars have been recalled, the reports estimate that only 1% of Model 3s and 14% of Model Ses experienced the issues.
This news comes just one week after Tesla opted to disable the “passenger play” feature in the company’s cars. In early December, the NHTSA brought up concerns to the Austin-based electric car company regarding the “passenger play” feature, later opening an official probe into the use of the feature on Dec. 22.
Tesla officially moved its headquarters to Austin this month at the completion of phase 1 of Giga Texas in southeast Travis County.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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