123,000 Model S cars recalled by Tesla Motors due to power steering bolt defect
Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has issued a voluntary recall of 123,000 units of its Model S electric cars, owing to a defect in a power steering bolt. The recall has been issued by Tesla to repair the defect and the company will inform clients impacted by the recall.
According to Tesla, the recall affects those Model S units which have been manufactured before April 2016, because the power steering bolt defect is limited to these vehicles only. As such, the company’s Model X and Model 3 Tesla vehicles will remain unaffected by the recall.
With regard to the reason behind the recall of Model S cars, Tesla has revealed in an email to the customers that the power steering bolt defect leading to the recall is related to “excessive corrosion” of the bolt. The company further added that the defect has been observed “only in very cold climates,” because the vehicles have to deal with road salt.
Tesla has asserted that the there have been no reports of injuries or accidents because of the power steering bolt defect in the recall-affected Model S units.
Sharing details of the repairs which will be undertaken as part of the recall, Tesla said that all power steering bolts in the Model S units recalled by the company will be replaced irrespective of the climate. The move will duly cater for “the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment.”
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