Tesla Australia is recalling 505 examples of its Model 3 after it was discovered the updated version of the electric sedan does not have an accessible top-tether restraint anchorage for its rear-middle seat.

    The omission of the rear-middle top-tether point only affects the new ‘Highland’ Tesla Model 3, which started being delivered to Australian customers in December 2023.

    The 505 Tesla Model 3s being recalled includes those already delivered to customers, as well as examples in the local showrooms.

    “The rear centre seat position of the Model 3 does not have an accessible top-restraint anchorage point as required by Australian Design Rule 34/03,” said the company in its recall notice.

    “If the top-tether restraint anchorage for the rear-centre seat is not accessible in accordance with Australian Design Rule 34/03, an infant or child car seat restraint cannot be securely attached to it.”

    • A total of 505 vehicles are affected
    • The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) list is attached here
    • The original recall notice is attached here

    Tesla says it will contact affected vehicle owners to schedule a service appointment to carry out a part replacement to provide access to the rear-centre seat top-tether restraint anchorage.

    Until the fix is completed, the company is urging owners to not secure an infant or child car seat on the rear-middle seat.

    For more information, owners can contact Tesla’s Customer Centre on 1800 646 952.

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    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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