Tesla to Fix Issues for 80,000 Cars in China Related to Software, Seat Belts

Tesla is ‘recalling’ roughly 80,000 vehicles in China due to seatbelt and software issues, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation in a statement on Friday (via The Wall Street Journal).

The regulator said that a recall filing had been for Tesla’s vehicles, which is currently the second largest automaker in the country.

The recalls involved 67,698 Model S and X units in China with software issues leading to battery malfunctions, which could cause the vehicles to stop increasing the risk of accidents. Tesla will deploy a software update to fix the issue.

Additionally, Tesla is recalling 2,736 imported and 10,127 made-in-China Model 3 units due to issues with the seatbelt, for which owners will need to have them fixed by the automaker’s service team, rather than a software update.

The regulator did not say whether there had been any accidents or injuries related to the recalls.

Tesla also recalled around 24,000 Model 3 units in the U.S. last month to inspect the seat belt connections throughout the vehicles.

The news comes just weeks after the Model S and X units had been re-introduced in China, having to be imported from the automaker’s Fremont, California factory.

Following production upgrades at Tesla’s Gigafactory Shanghai plant, the automaker delivered a record 77,163 vehicles in China in September.