Tesla recalls 53000 of its Model S, Model X cars

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 20, 2017

The issue could cause the parking brake on the auto to not release, which would make driving the vehicle pretty much impossible.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already been notified of the voluntary recall, according to Tesla.

The problem came to light because Tesla found customers were getting alerts that said their parking brake needs service, or that the brake could not be disengaged, not in huge numbers but with noteworthy frequency.

Tesla's total production for 2016 was 83,922 vehicles and included both Model S and Model X.

We've provided a copy of Tesla's email communication to impacted Model S and Model X owners.

No reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue are known and Tesla doesn't believe the issue could lead to a safety concern for customers.

The Tesla cars will need to have its brakes replaced, a process that should take about 45 minutes. An internal investigation was launched, and Tesla discovered the gear in the parking brake-made by third-party supplier Brembo-could get stuck and break.

The parking brakes have a gear that could break, which would restrict the parking brake from releasing.

"However, in order to be overly cautious, we are going to be proactively replacing these parts to ensure that no issues arise", Tesla said in the email to owners.

Our records show that you own a Tesla vehicle that was built during this period.

The company said it would soon send out official recall notices by mail to owners. the copmany will begin replacing parts immediately, and plans to have parts for all affected vehicles by October 2017. For more information, FAQs, and other details related to this recall, please visit the Recall Information page. We apologize for this inconvenience.

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