Severe technical failure affects thousands of Tesla cars

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Car maker Tesla has recalled 15,000 vehicles after road safety agencies revealed a power steering failure. These are Model X, SUV type, which were produced in 2016.

Tesla has requested the recall of 15,000 Model X vehicles produced before mid-October 2016, due to a problem with the power steering that could increase the risk of an accident. The failure was highlighted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States and Transport Canada, Reuters reported.

Specifically, this is a problem of excessive corrosion in the bolts that connect the electric power steering system to the gearbox. The problem seems to appear in particularly cold regions where salt is used to remove snow from the roads.

NHTSA noted, however, that no accidents have yet been associated with the affected Model X. Tesla still emailed 14,193 customers in the United States and 843 in Canada asking them to return their vehicle to the garage. The manufacturer assured that it would replace the vulnerable bolts and the steering box if necessary.

Recurring problems at Tesla

In 2017, a parking brake problem led to the recall of 53,000 Model S and X models . In March 2018, Tesla had already recalled more than 120,000 Model S worldwide, also because of faulty bolts, recalled the Numerama site, which specializes in digital. The measure concerned vehicles built before April 2016. Thus, the manufacturer took almost two years to realize that this problem on its Model S also concerned its Model X.


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