Tesla recalls hundreds of Model 3 cars that were shipped to China

Tesla is recalling more than 700 units of its Model 3 electric car that were imported into China, the central government’s market regulator said Thursday.

The announcement follows recalls of tens of thousands of Tesla vehicles in China and the U.S. in the last several months.

Elon Musk’s automaker has also come under increased regulatory scrutiny in China in the last several months after a slew of negative consumer and media reports on brake failures and collisions.

The cars either have a seat belt issue that could increase the risk of passenger injury in the event of a collision, or a tire-related problem that could increase the risk of collision, the regulator said.

Tesla will notify affected car owners, and conduct free inspections and repairs, the statement said.

Tesla shares were mildly lower in extended-hours trading, after falling 3% during Wednesday’s trading session in New York.

The U.S.-based automaker opened a factory in Shanghai in 2019. Tesla began delivering China-made Model 3 cars to customers last year, and China-made Model Y vehicles this year.

Tesla’s Model 3 has ranked among the three best-selling electric cars in mainland China, outselling similarly priced models from Chinese start-ups such as Nio.

Share: