Because of a parking brake that might stick and render a vehicle immobile, Tesla Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for certain Model S and Model X luxury electric cars.
Tesla said repairs can begin immediately and it will have enough parts for all affected vehicles by October. We have also determined that only a very small percentage of gears in vehicles built during this period were manufactured improperly.
Tesla is recalling 53,000 cars to address a manufacturing defect that could prevent parking brakes from releasing, the company said Thursday.
The company started tracing the problem to its roots and discovered that the source of the issue were actually brakes sourced from supplier Brembo.
No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the issue - Tesla estimates less than 5 percent of cars in the recall may be affected by the faulty gear - but the company will still contact buyers whose cars are potentially affected.
There have been no reports of the electronic parking brake failing to hold a vehicle, the Elon Musk-led automaker said. Because of the design of the gear, it is hard to tell exactly which vehicles are affected. Tesla expects to have enough parts to fix all affected cars by October 2017, and for now, the Californian firm says that "it is safe to continue regular use of your vehicle". The shares were down 0.9 percent to $302.69 as of 1:56pm in NY trading.More news: Eddie Murphy pays tribute after brother Charlie dies aged 57
Customers who bought the said models manufactured from February to October a year ago will be sent an official recall notice by mail.
The company said while they haven't seen any. Its shares were down 0.9 percent to US$302.69 (AU$402.14). In 2010, it also recalled certain models of 2010 Roadster 2.0 and 2.5 vehicles in the US.
The Model 3, a more mid-market vehicle compared with Tesla's current offerings, has 400,000 pre-orders which is vastly more than the company can manufacture in a year.
How do customers/drivers know if their vehicle has been affected?
It recalled 90,000 Model S cars in November 2015 because of a report of a seat belt not being properly connected.