Tesla issues recall of 123,000 Model S cars
Excessive corrosion of power steering bolts is to blame for Tesla’s largest ever vehicle recall.
Tesla has been forced to recall 123,000 of its Model S sedans across the world due to a power steering issue.
In an email to its customers, the electric car manufacturer said it had discovered that certain bolts can begin to corrode in very cold weather, where salt has been used on the roads.
Tesla believes that this “excessive corrosion” could lead to power-steering failure, with drivers needing to use “increased force” to steer the electric car if these bolts did happen to fail.
Around 123,000 Model S cars built before April 2016 are part of the recall. Tesla has promised to retrofit every single vehicle with new power steering bolts. Although there have been no injuries or accidents reported relating to the problem, Tesla has insisted on the voluntary recall as a precautionary measure.
Tesla has estimated that a very small proportion (0.02%) of vehicles in the United States will actually suffer the power steering failure, as most cars it has sold don’t face extremely cold conditions.
Tesla’s Model X and Model 3 cars are not included in this latest recall, which is the largest for the electric auto manufacturer to date.
Before now, Tesla’s largest Model S recall was in 2015, when 90,000 of its vehicles were affected by a faulty seat belt. Then in 2017, a parking brake fault led to 53,000 Model S and Model X cars being recalled. Just last month, a fatal Model X crash on a highway in California resulted in the National Transportation Safety Board launching an investigation into if or how the autopilot mode could have contributed to the driver’s death.
If this latest recall affects you, there’s no immediate action necessary. Tesla said that all owners of Model S cars can safely keep driving while the required parts are distributed to service centers for replacement.
The manufacturer will contact owners to schedule an appointment when the parts become available in their region.
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