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Exclusive: Futuris holds firm on Tesla quality

Ambitious: Futuris admits the Tesla Model X was an ambitious project, but the high-profile seat recall affected its third-row seat (from a Tier 2 supplier), not the radical ‘monopost’ second row.

Parts-maker stands by integrity of Tesla Model X seating in wake of US recall

General News logo21 Jun 2016


- The Australian-based global seat and interiors supplier at the heart of a quality issue that blighted Tesla Motors’ Model X launch has conceded the unconventional electric seven-seat vehicle – and in particular its radical seating design – was an ambitious project but stands by the integrity of its engineering.

- Speaking publicly for the first time since the Model X was recalled in the United States in April to repair the third-row seats, Futuris Automotive managing director Mark De Wit has detailed the chain of events which led to the recall and remains confident the issue will in no way be a company breaker for the fast-growing supplier – in terms of its ongoing relations with Tesla and other global car-makers and EV start-ups.

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