Tesla is recalling a small number of Model 3 vehicles that the company says are missing important airbag warning information.
“A missing air bag warning label on the driver-side sun visor would not provide the required…warning information to some occupants, which could increase their risk of injury,” the company said in a notice to Tesla dealers. Those dealers will add the required labels to the 89 vehicles covered by the recall at no cost to owners.
The warning labels explain that children can be injured or even killed in the event that an airbag deploys while a child is sitting in the front passenger seat. They also make clear that children are safer if they sit in rear passenger seats.
“The passenger-side sun visors on affected vehicles have the airbag warning labels with the required warning information, and all Tesla vehicles are equipped with advanced airbags that sense the presence of a child in the front seat and suppress airbag deployment,” the company said in the notice.
CNET points out that Tesla remains under a federal probe over a recent software update. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into whether Tesla should have issued a safety recall instead of simply updating software to address a fire risk.
How the California Lemon Law Works
The new Tesla recall may be relatively minor, but it is another example of the mistakes that are often made during the vehicle manufacturing process. Unfortunately, a number of cars come loaded with serious defects that can make life on the road hazardous.
The California lemon law provides some important legal protections to car owners in the Golden State. The law obligates carmakers to perform certain repairs on vehicles while they are still under warranty. A manufacturer that is unwilling or unable to make those repairs is required to buy the vehicle back and compensate the owner for related costs. Although the manufacturer can offer instead to replace the vehicle, it is up to the owner to decide whether to take that option.
The lemon law also requires the manufacturer to pay any legal fees that the owner incurs while enforcing his or her rights.
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