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Tesla to Recall About 80,000 Cars in China

Tesla to Recall About 80,000 Cars in China

The recalled Tesla vehicles include approximately 10,000 Shanghai-made Model 3 vehicles.


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Tesla Ltd.

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is recalling about 80,000 vehicles in China over software and seatbelt problems, the country’s market regulator said on Friday.

The State Administration for Market Regulation said Tesla, China’s second-largest electric car maker by sales, had submitted a recall plan.

The recall includes 67,698 Model S and Model X imports with software issues that could lead to battery malfunction. Tesla is also recalling nearly 13,000 Model 3 vehicles (2,736 imported and 10,127 made in China) for seatbelt issues, according to regulators.

Regulators said a problem with the battery management system could have stalled the vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident, but did not say if an accident occurred as a result.

Regulators say Tesla will perform over-the-air software updates on vehicles with software issues.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After overcoming production problems in China, the world’s largest car market, Tesla sold more than 120,000 cars in China last quarter. It has a factory in Shanghai that mainly produces Model 3 and Model Y.

Tesla has also issued other recalls this year. In filings with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week, it said it was recalling about 321,600 vehicles for possible taillight failures. In September, the company said it would recall about 1.1 million vehicles over concerns that they might pinch passengers before closing the windows.

write destination Yifan Wang (yifan.wang@wsj.com) and Selina Cheng (selina.cheng@wsj.com)

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