Tesla Model X crossovers recalled for faulty seat mechanism

Electric carmaker Tesla Inc is recalling 11,000 Model X sport utility vehicles worldwide due to a faulty locking mechanism in their rear seats that raises the risk of the seats falling forward in a crash.

There's likely to be little overlap with Model Xs that were recalled in April over a sticky parking brake.

The electric vehicle maker emailed Tesla customers on Thursday regarding the recall, stating that "a small number of cables in the second row fold-flat seats" may need to be adjusted. Vehicles with single-post seats are unaffected.

No injuries or incidents of the cable failing have occurred, Tesla said in a written statement.

Manufacturers' Monthly was informed by a Tesla spokesperson that letters have been issued to Australian owners of the SUVs about the recall order. To date, the company has informed Manufacturers' Monthly that there are no accidents or issues related to this condition and they have issued the voluntary recall letter to potentially affected Australian customers' vehicles today to confirm if any adjustments were needed. Owners can take their Model X to a dealer for repairs or contact Tesla's mobile fix units.

"Until then, there is no issue with continuing to drive your Model X", Tesla wrote in the email. The recall affects Model X SUVs built between October 28, 2016 and September 1, 2017. Model X has received the highest rating in every category and subcategory in independent crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and we are committed to ensuring that Model X remains the safest SUV in the world.

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