Tesla is warning owners of its Model X SUV to not have anyone sit in the back of the vehicle until it can replace the third-row seat backs, which could fail in an accident.
The automaker on Monday announced the voluntary recall of 2,700 Model X vehicles built before March 26 at the company's plant in Fremont, California. Tesla said it knows of no incidents where the hinge for a third-row seat has failed, but after a crash test, it determined the seat backs could collapse forward in some accidents.
"It's actually with the leverage of weight in the seat pulling it forward. So this would be an example of a front crash where the weight of the passenger seat belted to that seat could cause that latch to fail," said Jon McNeill, president of sales and service at Tesla.
The seat backs in question are provided by an outside supplier, Futuris. Tesla said Futuris will cover the cost of replacing the seat back. Futuris is owned by Clearlake Capital, and headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.
"A fix to this issue is already in place. We have worked with our supplier to develop a new recliner design with improved quality that resolved the issue. We are now constructing new third-row seat backs to match all affected vehicles," Tesla said in a letter to Model X owners.