Tesla reviews many Model 3 vehicles that were delivered to China

Tesla is reviewing in excess of 700 units of its Model 3 electric vehicle that were imported into China, the central government’s market regulator said Thursday.

The declaration follows reviews of a huge number of Tesla vehicles in China and the U.S. in the last several months. Elon Musk’s automaker has additionally gone under expanded regulatory scrutiny in China in the last several months after a slew of negative consumer and media writes about brake failures and collisions.

Thursday’s review influences an aggregate of 734 vehicles created in 2019, the State Administration for Market Regulation said on its website, refering to a review plan that Tesla filed.

The vehicles either pull up a seat belt issue that could build the risk of traveler injury in case of a crash, or a tire-related issue that could expand the danger of impact, the regulator said.

Tesla will tell influenced car owners, and conduct free inspections and repairs, the statement said.

Tesla told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it didn’t know about any accident or injury identified with the reviews.

Independently, Tesla gave two new recalls to address seat belt issues, it said on Thursday.

One review covers 5,530 vehicles, containing 2018-2020 Model 3 and 2019-2021 Model Y vehicles, since latches that protected the front seat shoulder belt to the b-pillar may not be as properly attached. The other review covers 2,166 Model Y vehicles from 2019-2021 on the grounds that clasp that protected the left and right second-line row seat retractors may not be properly attached.

Tesla shares were gently lower in premarket trading Thursday, in the wake of falling 3% during Wednesday’s trading session in New York.

A delegate for Tesla didn’t promptly react to an emailed request for comment.

The U.S.- based automaker opened a factory in Shanghai in 2019. Tesla started delivering China-made Model 3 vehicles to clients a year ago, and China-made Model Y vehicles this year.

Tesla’s Model 3 has ranked among the three best-selling electric cars in mainland China, beating also priced models from Chinese start-ups like Nio. Nonetheless, a budget car called the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV has climbed into first place in recent months.