Tesla recalls 3,470 Model Y units due to loose bolts

The US recall applies to models sold between 2022 and 2023.

Tesla Inc has announced a recall of 3,470 Model Y vehicles from 2022 to 2023 in the United States because the seat-back frame bolts may not have been tightened properly, according to a document released Saturday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has indicated that a loose seat frame bolt can reduce the effectiveness of the seat belt system, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

Tesla said there were no accidents.

Tesla told NHTSA that it has identified five warranty claims since December that may be related to the problem. The electric vehicle maker added that it was not aware of any related injuries or deaths.

Tesla will inspect the bolts that attach the driver and passenger side rear seatback frames to the lower seat frames and tighten them to specification if necessary.

In December, supplier Tesla implemented improved process controls and a learning and supervision system to ensure bolts are tightened to specification, according to the automaker.

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