Tesla to recall 127,785 Model 3s in China over faulty semiconductor components

Of the affected Tesla Model 3s, 34,207 units were imported into China and 93,578 units were manufactured there.

By : HT automatic office
April 10, 2022, 4:04 p.m.

Tesla Model 3 truly marked the electric vehicle manufacturer’s dominance in the world of clean personal mobility.

US electric car giant Tesla will recall a total of 127,785 units of its Model 3 compact sedans in China, the country’s market regulator has revealed. Tesla will recall a number of Model 3 compact sedans due to potential flaws in semiconductor components that could lead to crashes, the Chinese market regulator said in a statement. These recalled Tesla Model 3 cars were manufactured between January 2019 and January of this year.

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The State Administration of Market Regulation of China said that this defect occurs when the car is rolling and it causes the vehicle to lose its driving motion. Loss of motion on an open road can lead to disaster. “In extreme cases, this could increase the risk of collision with a vehicle,” the statement added. Earlier, in December 2021, Tesla recalled nearly 200,000 vehicles from China for a trunk defect that increased the risk of collisions.

The Chinese market regulator also said a total of 34,207 units of Tesla Model 3 sedans were imported into China and 93,578 units were manufactured domestically. The Tesla Model 3 is the second best-selling car in the Chinese market, followed by the Model Y crossover, which is one of the US electric car brand’s key markets.

Tesla currently manufactures its Model 3 and Model Y electric cars in China at its Giga Shanghai factory, which is the automaker’s first Gigafactory outside the United States. The factory not only sells Chinese-made electric cars domestically, but also exports them to several other overseas markets.

The recall is the latest snag for the automaker which is hugely popular in China but has also faced complaints from customers there and has also been hit by new Covid-19 lockdowns. Tesla’s Giga Shanghai factory has been closed for at least 12 days due to a lockdown.

Date of first publication: April 10, 2022, 4:04 PM IST

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