Adhesion and Visibility Issues Cause Recalls for Two Manufacturers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued two recalls from Tesla Inc. (Tesla) and Toyota.

Tesla

Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2016 Model X vehicles. According to NHTSA, the front and spine cosmetic roof trim may have been adhered to the vehicle without first using primer, and as a result, one or both pieces of trim may separate from the vehicle.

“The Model X is equipped with a cosmetic applique at the front of the roof just behind the windshield, known as the front applique, as well as an applique at the center of the roof in between the upper falcon door roof glass, known as the spine applique,” a portion of NHTSA’s safety report reads. “Both appliques are adhered to the vehicle using urethane. If the applique-to-urethane lacks primer, then, over time, the adhesion may weaken, causing the applique to separate from the vehicle.”

According to NHTSA’s safety report, if separation occurs it will increase the chance for an accident. The report also noted that in some cases drivers might be able to see the separation as it occurs.

Tesla stated it will notify all affected vehicle owners of its latest safety recall. Auto glass companies working on the recalled models can assure their customers that they will test the roof trim adhesion, and, as necessary, apply primer, at no charge to the customer. Shop owners can advise their impacted Tesla vehicle owners to contact the manufacturer’s customer service center id they have additional questions at 1-877-798-3752 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Tesla has yet to provide a schedule for recall notification. Tesla’s number for this recall is SB-20-12-005.

Toyota

Toyota is recalling hundreds of its vehicles because of visibility issues involving the vehicle’s headlights. According to the company, its 2021 RAV4 Prime vehicles have headlight aiming caps that aren’t properly closed.

“A Toyota RAV4 Prime recall has been ordered because the headlights can be adjusted by people other than dealer technicians,” a portion of Toyota’s release reads. “Federal law dictates the headlight beams cannot be adjusted horizontally, unless by a professional or at a dealership.”

The recall is expected to begin January 4, 2021.

Toyota stated the company will notify all of its impacted vehicle owners. Auto glass companies working on the recalled models can assure their customers that their headlight aiming caps will be properly closed at no cost. Shop owners can advise their impacted Toyota vehicle owners to contact the manufacturer’s customer service center if they have more questions at 1-800-331-4331 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Toyota’s reference number for this recall is 20TA15.

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