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Why is Tesla recalling China-made vehicles?

China's market regulatory agency said that Tesla Inc is recalling 107,293 China-made Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.

China’s market regulatory agency said on Monday that Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is recalling 107,293 China-made Model 3 and Model Y vehicles due to overheating that may cause the centre touchscreen display to malfunction, among other issues.

The overheating could also lead to other malfunctions, including windshield settings and gear displays, according to a statement published by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR).

Tesla has recalled 675,000 cars in the United States and China over issues with the trunk and front hood of two models, raising new questions about the safety of the popular electric vehicle.

Chinese regulators announced the recall of almost 200,000 cars on Friday, hours after some 475,000 Tesla vehicles were flagged in the United States.

The problems with the trunk and hood increase the risk of crashes, according to US and Chinese regulators.

Authorities said the repeated opening and closing of the trunk of the Model 3 can damage a cable for the rearview camera.

Other incidents

Last year, Tesla recalled more than 285,000 cars in China over issues with its assisted driving software that could cause accidents.

The company also recalled thousands of Model 3 and Model Y vehicles earlier that month to inspect brake calipers for loose bolts.

In November, the NHTSA recalled nearly 12,000 Tesla cars due to errors with their communication software.

Read more: Tesla recalls record 285,000 cars in China due to faulty software

US safety officials are also investigating Tesla’s Autopilot after identifying 11 crashes involving the driver assistance system

The previous month, US highways safety regulators demanded details from Tesla on issues with its new autonomous system, building on a previously announced probe.

Tesla executives have downplayed the regulatory inquiries, saying they were to be expected with “cutting edge” technology and that they were cooperating “as much as possible.”

Reuters with additional input by GVS News Desk