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NHTSA investigates claims of seat belt failure in over 50,000 Tesla Model X vehicles

Model X owners have reported at least 10 seat belt related issues since 1996.

U.S. auto safety regulators have announced they are opening an evaluation into 50,000 Tesla Model X vehicles after receiving complaints reporting front seat belt failures. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the preliminary evaluation covers 2022-2023 models over the failure of front seat belts remaining connected to the anchor pretensioner, which tightens the seat belts before a crash while driving. 

Representatives from the NHTSA commented, “Both newer vehicles had insufficiently connected anchor linkage and neither incident involved vehicle collision with occupants wearing the seat belts.” 

Meanwhile, in one complaint from Larkspur, California, a Tesla was moving at approximately 10 to 15 miles per hour when the auto braking system activated due to the driver’s door opening unexpectedly. The complaint filed with the NHTSA said, “With the sudden deceleration, my upper body flung forward, and the force of my weight caused the seat belt anchor on the lower seat to detach completely.”

The other complaint alleges that the belt linkage and pretensioner got separated from the seat frames when the vehicle was driving.

Additionally, owners of the Model X have reported ten seat belt-related issues since 1996, mainly including the seat belt anchor breaking or coming off. However, the agency asserts it’s opening an investigation to look into Tesla’s manufacturing processes, how often the problem happens, and how widespread it is before issuing a complete recall. 

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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