Some Tesla Model 3 house owners have identified injury to their headrests that appears just like the upholstery was heated or melted. As soon as this occurs, it is everlasting. You may’t repair it with out changing your entire headrest, and sadly, Tesla’s guarantee does not cowl it since it may be simply prevented.

It is vital to notice that this downside is not unique to the Mannequin 3. Related points have been reported associated to different vehicles. Nonetheless, it’s unique to sure kinds of artificial leather-based. Apparently, Tesla’s vegan leather-based can “bubble” like this as a result of oil in your hair, in addition to maybe the hair merchandise you employ.


Based on Drive Tesla Canada, when your head oils come into contact with the vegan leather-based headrest, they mix with the chemical compounds within the upholstery. Then, underneath excessive temperatures, this effervescent can happen. If there are oil or hair merchandise on the artificial leather-based and the automotive is parked within the sizzling solar, there’s an opportunity this effervescent course of will start.

A Mannequin 3 proprietor based mostly in Canada shared his expertise with the effervescent headrest and Tesla service. A cellular ranger defined the state of affairs as follows (through Drive Tesla Canada):

“The basis trigger is expounded to the vegan polyurethane resin (PUR) being vulnerable to swell underneath the motion of sure chemical compounds, a few of that are present in cosmetics and head oil inside a sure pH spectrum. When there may be prolonged contact with the chemical at excessive temperature (a sizzling automotive), the chemical diffuses into the coating, it swells, overwhelms the adhesive holding the coating to the textile, and the coating delaminates. A bubble is shaped. The chemical compounds have to be on the viscous aspect to dwell on vertical surfaces, so lotions and gels are normally concerned. This additionally means they’ve a low vapor stress and will not be risky, so that they don’t evaporate…they’ve loads of time to diffuse into the fabric in the event that they’re not wiped away shortly.”

Changing the headrest in Canada prices $368. Nonetheless, simply based mostly on studying the above, it ought to be fairly clear keep away from this difficulty. Preserve the headrest clear and freed from oil and cosmetics. You may retailer child wipes in your automotive, which Tesla says are the best choice for wiping down the headrests. As well as, we all the time advise, with any automotive, do not park it in direct daylight for lengthy intervals of time until you don’t have any different possibility.

Tell us in case your Tesla has a effervescent headrest. If not, is it since you’ve taken the mandatory precautions?