Tesla Inc. (TSLA) is voluntarily recalling 11,000 Model X SUVs due to problems with the rear seats in the vehicles.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company started informing customers via email about the recall which covers Model X SUVs that have fold-flat back seats and were produced between Oct. 28, 2016 and Aug. 16, 2017. In an email to customers, Tesla said the left back seat may not be able to lock properly in the upright position due to cables that were tightened too much. That could result in the seat moving forward in the event of a crash, posing a potential safety issue.

"During recent internal testing, Tesla determined that a small number of cables in the second row fold-flat seats in some 2016 and 2017 Model X vehicles may need to be adjusted," the car company said in a statement to CNBC.  "Although Tesla has not received reports of any issues or accidents relating to this condition, we will be conducting a voluntary recall to inspect the affected vehicles and confirm whether any adjustment is needed." Tesla said it believes only about 3% of the SUVs have the problem.(See also: How Tesla's 'iPhone Moment' Paved the Way for the Model 3)

This isn’t the first recall Tesla has engaged in during the past few years. In December, it sent an email to customers announcing the voluntary recall of 7,000 electric vehicle charging adapters, due to overheating of two devices that resulted in the plastic on the adapters melting. The charging adapter is used to plug the electric car chargers into different types of outlets.  In the spring of last year it recalled 2,700 Model X SUVS because of locking hinge in the third-row seats that didn’t work. In November 2015 it recalled 90,000 Model S sedans due to the potential defect in the front seat belt assembly. (See also: Tesla to Rise 50%—If Nothing Goes Wrong: Morgan Stanley)

The voluntary recall comes at a time when investors and Wall Street seem divided about the prospects for the green automaker. While some analysts are pounding the table on the stock, a group of investors are betting shares could go lower. According to financial analytics firm S3 Partners, Tesla was the most profitable short in the auto sector for September. While the automobile industry isn’t the most shorted market—internet software & services, diversified banks, biotech, pharma and semiconductor sectors have more—it does have its fair share of bears and short interest to the tune of $33.6 billion. Of that, $13.1 billion is in the U.S. with Tesla accounting for $9.6 billion of it, reported S3 Partners.

Earlier this month Nomura Instinet started coverage of the stock with a buy rating and a $500 price target, saying the company has an  “insurmountable lead in vehicle range per dollar” and benefits from an “inferior competitive field.”


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