Bad Day for Tesla, Spicy Salmonella, and More Recall News


In today’s recall roundup, we cover a major Tesla recall as well as an embarrassing defect from Mercedes-Benz. Toyota Highlander owners should brace for a recall, while everyone should check their cupboards for certain spices that could be tainted with salmonella.

Tesla Forced to Recall 50,000 Vehicles in China

Tesla, and founder Elon Musk, are having a bad day. They are being forced to recall 50,000 Model S and Model X electric cars in China over a faulty suspension. Or should we say an alleged faulty suspension?

The China State Administration for Market Regulation claims that the vehicles, which are imported from the United States, are unsafe. Tesla argues that the recall is unnecessary. The vehicles were shipped overseas from 2013-2017, and the company claims that they used the same exact specifications for cars sold domestically and in other countries with zero problems.

A document from Tesla to the NHTSA claims that the suspension could be damaged by years of bad driving–but that’s not Tesla’s fault. We’ll have to wait and see whether the US regulatory agency chooses to investigate.

Mercedes-Benz SUVs Recalled Over Vanity Upgrade

Did you purchase a GLE or GLS with the optional $500 backlit star on the grille? If so, you might be in for a rude awakening. The feature is purely cosmetic, but because of the way the electronics are wired, it could cause the failure of multiple safety features.

According to the company, the electrical ground for the light may have been installed incorrectly in about 13,000 vehicles. If it fails, the bad connection could also cause the power steering control unit, the driver-side headlight, and the wiper motor to fail as well.

The SUVs were built between December 8, 2018, and February 6, 2020. Drivers who are impacted by this recall will receive a notice soon and be able to get the unit fixed beginning in early December.

Airbag Issue Causes Highlander Recall

Some 2020 Toyota Highlanders could have a serious defect. A handful of the SUVs–just over 3,000 vehicles–could have a manufacturing defect. These units were built with the wrong seat trim pieces. In the event of a crash, these trim pieces could stop the seat-mounted airbags from deploying.

The correct pieces have a tear-away feature that allows the airbag to deploy. However, a limited number of vehicles may have been built with a rigid trim piece that will not break. The recall will begin in mid-December.

Multiple Spices Recalled for Salmonella Fears

If you picked up jars of spices recently, check to see if they are part of a nationwide recall. Products from The Spice Hunter may be tainted with salmonella. Sauer Brands decided to recall all the spice lots processed during the days when they received dried parsley that tested positive for salmonella. You can see the whole list here.