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Tesla Under NHTSA Investigation Again, This Time For Faulty Model X Seatbelts

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Image Source: Tesla Tesla recalled 24,000 Model 3s in October due to issues with the second-row seatbelt buckles and anchors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now looking into it after two customer complaints about improperly fastened seatbelts on 2022 and 2023 Model Xs that disconnected from seat frames while driving normally and without a crash. According to the Associated Press: "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating an estimated 50,000 Model X SUVs from the 2022 and 2023 model years. According to the agency, it has received two complaints from Tesla owners alleging that the front belts were not properly connected at the factory. According to agency documents posted Tuesday, the belt linkage and pretensioner, which tighten the belts before a crash, are anchored to the seat frames. Complaints allege that the linkage and pretensioner separated from the frames while the vehicles were driving and force was applied. Neither incident resulted in a collision. The agency says the investigation will look into Tesla's manufacturing processes, how frequently the problem occurs, and how widespread it is. Recalls can result from investigations." Also Read: As owners rush to replace the yoke, Tesla runs out of steering wheels As you may be aware, this is not the NHTSA's only Tesla investigation at the moment. The administration is currently investigating reports of Model Ys being delivered to customers without critical steering wheel retaining bolts, and it recently concluded an investigation into the company's Full Self-Driving technology, which resulted in a 360,000-vehicle recall. [caption id="attachment_131489" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Tesla Interior Image Source: Tesla[/caption] Seatbelt issues, in comparison to software glitches, are relatively simple — the type of manufacturing snafu that automakers typically resolve before the government gets involved. However, there appear to be a number of loose parts on Teslas coming off the assembly line lately, so it's no surprise that this one slipped right by.  

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