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And... we're back. New 2024 Tesla Model 3s officially recalled to resolve ADR issue as deliveries resume for fixed cars

Deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 have resumed after a compliance issue caused a stop-sale.

If you've been waiting for Tesla to tell you your new Model 3 is ready to be picked up, you'll be happy to know deliveries appear to have resumed for the electric car following a compliance issue that temporarily halted deliveries and sales from continuing.

According to owners on Australian Tesla forums and Facebook groups, the EV car maker has now recommenced deliveries of the Model 3, while cars that had already been delivered before the stop-sale have now officially been recalled to have the compliance issue rectified.

As reported by CarsGuide last week, Tesla sent a communique to waiting Model 3 customers informing them that an Australia Design Rules (ADR) requirement had held up delivery.

The ADR compliance issue in this case was the lack of access to the Model 3's rear centre top tether child seat anchor point. The issue only affects the updated Model 3 - the original parcel shelf in the new version of the popular EV made the top tether point inaccessible.

The fix involves a replacement parcel shelf to make the anchor point accessible.

As menitoned, Tesla owners who have already received their Model 3 prior to the delivery halt have been contacted and asked to take their cars to their nearest Tesla centre to have tether point issue fixed.

The stop in deliveries also coincided with ANCAP removing the Model 3's maximum five-star rating, saying "information provided to ANCAP by Tesla confirmed the five-star safety rating for the Tesla Model 3 cannot be applied to facelifted vehicles at this time."

It is not yet been confirmed whether the ANCAP move is connected to the ADR compliance issue.

The Tesla Model 3 has fallen behind the Model Y SUV in terms of popularity. Sales for the Model 3 in 2023 still reached a staggering 17,347, but the Model Y proved more of a hit with 28,769 sales.

Together their combined 46,116 account for more than half the 87,005 electric cars sold in Australia from all brands in 2023.

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