The 2024 Tesla Model 3 will resume customer deliveries in Australia following a pause on deliveries on 18 January.
Tesla Australia has communicated with affected customers, assuring them of a resolution and prioritised delivery.
"We are pleased to advise that we are finalising this matter by ensuring access to the vehicle's rear-centre seat top-tether restraint anchorage point."
“At this time, we expect to recommence deliveries in the coming week where your order will be prioritised for delivery. Once again, we sincerely apologise for this inconvenience, and we look forward to getting you behind the wheel of your new Model 3 as soon as possible.”
The issue, centered around the car's rear-center seat top-tether point for child seats, caused Tesla to pause deliveries from January 18.
What Went Wrong?
Tesla's latest Model 3 faced scrutiny as it lacked an accessible top-tether point in the rear-center position, a requirement under ADR 34/03. This regulation demands clear access to upper anchor fittings for child seats without the need for tools. T
Tesla's Approach to Compliance and Safety
While Tesla has not officially detailed how it will make the top-tether point accessible in already produced vehicles, updates to the Model 3’s Australian owner’s manual suggest a solution. Despite the 2019 five-star safety rating from ANCAP for Model 3, the facelifted version currently remains unrated, raising questions about its compliance with child-seat safety standards.
Broader Context: Electric Cars Facing Australia’s Compliance Issues
The Tesla Model 3's compliance challenge is not unique in the Australian electric vehicle market. Similar situations arose with the BYD Atto 3 and the Honda HR-V in 2022, highlighting the importance of adherence to Australia’s stringent vehicle safety standards.
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