Tesla Recalls Model S for Misaligned ‘Frunk’ That Could Open While Driving

 The latch on the front trunk may have been misaligned at the factory

blue Tesla Model S on road Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports

Tesla is recalling 119,009 Model S sedans from the 2014 through 2021 model years because the hoods over their front trunks—commonly known as “frunks”—may open while the vehicle is in motion and block the driver’s view of the road.

The problem is due to a manufacturing issue, according to paperwork that Tesla submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On some vehicles, part of the frunk’s latch assembly may have been installed too far back on the vehicle, which could prevent a secondary latch from securing when the frunk is closed. If the primary latch releases, the frunk may fully open unexpectedly.

Tesla first started investigating this issue in January 2021, when it received a report of a 2018 Model S whose frunk opened while the vehicle was in Drive. The automaker is aware of four warranty claims, three field reports, and no crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Tesla Model S vehicles built between Sept. 16, 2014, and Dec. 23, 2020.

The problem: An improperly aligned latch assembly part may cause the entire frunk to open if the primary latch is released. If this happens while the vehicle is in motion, it could block the driver’s view and cause a crash.

The fix: Tesla service centers will inspect the potentially faulty latches and, if necessary, reinstall and reposition them. These fixes are free of charge. As is the case with most recalls, customers who have already paid to have this repair performed may be eligible for reimbursement from Tesla.

How to contact the manufacturer: Tesla has notified service centers about the issue and will contact owners starting in February 2022. Owners may also contact Tesla directly at 877-798-3752.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V00B000. Tesla’s own number for this recall is SB-21-11-003.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.