Tesla recalls nearly 6,000 Model 3 and Model Y cars over risk of loose bolts

Tesla’s China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai, China, on January 7, 2020.

Aly Song | Reuters

Tesla is recalling 5,974 of its electric vehicles over concerns that the brake caliper bolts could loosen, potentially causing a loss of tire pressure and increasing the risk of an accident, according to documents released by the National Administration. of Traffic Safety on Highways.

Cars that are part of the voluntary recall include certain 2019-2021 Model 3 vehicles and 2020-2021 Model Y vehicles. Tesla said it is not aware of any accident or injury resulting from the possible defect. Will inspect and tighten or replace caliper bolts as needed free of charge.

The company’s shares closed down 3%.

Tesla said it learned of an issue in December from a field incident involving a 2021 Model Y with a missing clip on the driver’s side rear brake caliper. Since then, he has taken steps to avoid the problem during assembly.

The recall follows one in February that involved 36,126 Model S and Model X vehicles in China and 134,951 cars in the US that was requested by NHTSA for touchscreen failures. In 2020, it recalled nearly 50,000 cars in China for faulty suspension and 9,500 Model X and Model Y cars in the US for roof and bolt problems. In 2018, Tesla voluntarily recalled 123,000 Model S vehicles due to a problem with the power steering component.

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