Tesla Inc. TSLA has filed for a voluntary recall of 80,561 cars in China, according to a notice filed with China State Administration for Market Regulation. This comes at a time when the company is struggling in the country amid slowing demand.
What Happened: Vehicles covered under the recall include 67,698 units of imported Model S and Model X vehicles with a production date between Sept. 25, 2013, and Nov. 21, 2020, and 2,736 units of imported Model 3 vehicles, produced between Jan. 12, 2019, and Nov. 22, 2019, as well as 10,127 Made-in-China Model 3 cars.
The Model X and S vehicle recall was due to malfunctioning of the battery management system. The vehicle screens will display a “requires maintenance” and “safely park the vehicle" warning, which will gradually stop power output and increase the risk of collision accidents.
Tesla said it will conduct an over-the-air software to set right the issue. For those customers, whose vehicles can’t be updated this way, the company plans to get their vehicles to its service center to upgrade it, free of charge.
The recall of the Model 3 vehicle was due to an issue related to seat belts.
Why It’s Important: The development comes close on the heels of a series of recalls in the U.S. this month. Tesla announced in a filing with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Nov. 19 that it was recalling more than 321,000 vehicles due to taillights failing to illuminate intermittently. A day before, the company recalled about 30,000 Model X cars in the U.S. due to an issue that may cause the front passenger airbag to deploy incorrectly.
In early November, Tesla recalled 40,000 units of 2017-2021 Model S and Y vehicles due to a power steering issue.
Price Action: Tesla closed Wednesday’s session 7.82% higher at $183.20, according to Benzinga Pro data.
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