Tesla recalls 200,000 more cars in China over collision risk

Billionaire Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. will recall nearly 200,000 vehicles in China to address trunk and front hood issues that increase collision risk, a state regulator said on Friday, hours after a similar recall from the United States.

The order is the latest blow to the American self-driving car pioneer, which is hugely popular in China although the company’s reputation has taken a hit this year following a series of accidents, scandals and data security issues.

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said the defects could affect vehicles’ rear view cameras or cause the hoods to open suddenly while driving.

The move involves three lots of cars produced between 2015 and 2020.

Musk’s Electric Vehicle Company will inspect the cars for free and fix any issues, the regulator said in a statement.

The recall involves approximately 19,700 Model S cars that may have front hood locking issues and approximately 180,000 Model 3 vehicles.

In Model 3 cars, repeatedly opening and closing the trunk can damage a backup camera cable.

“This will affect the driver’s vision when backing up and, in extreme cases, increase the risk of a collision,” the regulator said.

The Chinese notice came hours after U.S. officials said Tesla was recalling nearly 500,000 vehicles in the country over similar issues.

Tesla estimated that only 1% of the recalled Model 3 vehicles had the problem, and the company was not aware of any related accidents or injuries, according to the U.S. safety regulator.

In June, the electric car giant recalled more than 285,000 cars in China over issues with its driver assistance software that could cause accidents.

Tesla recalled in February nearly 135,000 cars to repair a computer memory failure that could pose a security risk. The recall covered 2012 to 2018 Model S sedans and 2016 to 2018 Model X SUVs equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, Tesla said in its notification to NHTSA.

The Parisian taxi company G7 had suspended the use of the 37 Model 3 cars in its fleet after one of them was involved in an accident which left one dead and several others injured due to the loss of control of the vehicle by driver at the beginning of this month. Tesla then told the French government that there was no sign that the fatal crash was caused by a technical failure.

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