The frunk lid of the vehicles in the recall could suddenly open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of a crash.
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Tesla has expanded a late 2021 recall to cover more imported Model S electric vehicles due to the risk of their front trunks (frunks) opening unexpectedly while the vehicle is in motion.
Tesla is recalling a total of 2,649 imported Model S vehicles with production dates between October 14, 2015, and August 23, 2020, effective immediately, according to an announcement on China's State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) website today.
The recall is an expansion of the one issued on December 31, 2021, the announcement said.
Vehicles subject to this recall may have a slightly backward alignment of the front trunk latch to the buckle, which does not affect the locking of the primary latch, but may affect the locking of the secondary latch.
If the secondary latch is not locked when the primary latch is accidentally released, the frunk lid may suddenly open while the vehicle is in motion.
If this happens, it will affect the driver's view, increasing the risk of a crash and posing a safety hazard, the announcement said.
Tesla will inspect the secondary locking latch on the frunk lid for the recalled vehicles for free. If the frunk lid is found not to be properly locked by the secondary locking latch, the frunk latch will be repositioned and reinstalled to ensure it is properly positioned.
Owners should drive their vehicles with caution prior to the repair and contact the service center for service as soon as possible after the recall begins, the announcement said.
In the recall announced on December 31, 2021, Tesla recalled 19,697 imported Model S vehicles with production dates between January 21, 2015, and November 18, 2020, because of the risks described above.
In addition, Tesla recalled 35,836 imported Model 3s and 144,208 China-made Model 3s at that time because of the risk of excessive wear on the trunk wiring harness, which could cause the back-up camera to not work properly.