Tesla is getting 123,000 of its Mannequin S automobiles again in for repairs after it found an issue with the ability steering. Apparently “extreme corrosion within the energy steering bolts” has been noticed, in accordance with an electronic mail the corporate despatched out to affected prospects.
The issue impacts automobiles made earlier than April 2016 and is especially more likely to occur in colder climates the place calcium or magnesium highway salt is used. Nonetheless, no accidents or accidents have been recorded in reference to the defect, Tesla says – it is a proactive transfer designed to cease the defect from creating.
“If the bolts fail, the motive force continues to be capable of steer the automobile, however elevated drive is required as a consequence of loss or discount of energy help,” says Tesla. “This primarily makes the automobile tougher to drive at low speeds and for parallel parking, however doesn’t materially have an effect on management at excessive velocity, the place solely small steering wheel drive is required.”
In case your Mannequin S is affected and you’ve got been despatched an electronic mail, Tesla says you are still okay to hold on driving – simply be sure you schedule an appointment with a neighborhood Tesla storage. The restore takes about an hour then you definately’re good to go.
Whereas this does not sound like essentially the most devastating of mechanical points for Tesla, it is one other drawback the corporate may do with out proper now. The corporate continues to battle manufacturing points with its latest Mannequin three and can be busy coping with the fall-out from a current and excessive profile crash involving a Mannequin X.
It isn’t the primary time Tesla has needed to recall a few of its electrical automobiles – we have beforehand seen automobiles pulled again in for issues with seat security and parking brakes, although there’s been nothing involving this many automobiles earlier than.