Power steering bolt found to corrode in certain circumstances; only pre April 2016 cars affected
30 March 2018

123,000 Tesla Model S cars are being recalled due to a problem with a power steering component.

The recall affects only cars made before April 2016, and does not affect the Tesla Model X or Tesla Model 3.

Read more: Tesla Model 3 production delayed

Affected customers have been emailed by Tesla. In it, Tesla explained that a review of affected cars had highlighted "excessive corrosion" of power steering bolts on affected vehicles. Were the part to fail, Tesla stressed that the car could still be steered, albeit with the application of increased force.

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"This primarily makes the car harder to drive at low speeds and for parallel parking, but does not materially affect control at high speed, where only small steering wheel force is needed," said the Tesla email, which also stressed that the corrosion had only been noted in “very cold climates” thus far.

Affected customers have been asked to book their car in for replacement parts to be fitted; the job is expected to take no more than an hour.

This is the largest recall in Tesla's history, and comes at a time the firm is struggling to ramp up Model 3 production and that questions are being raised over the substantial losses that it is recording.

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30 March 2018

What? This recall can't be done by an over the air update?

Still like the old legacy car makers? Book the car, drop it in the garage, get it touched by apprentices and later get it returned with additional scratches & dirt?

Ouch!

 

30 March 2018
Why is this news. It's a minor fault that has caused no problems so far. Autocar doesn't report on all the other manufacturers recalls, but then they pay for advertising....

31 March 2018
Deathknell wrote:

Why is this news. It's a minor fault that has caused no problems so far. Autocar doesn't report on all the other manufacturers recalls, but then they pay for advertising....

Lmao. 

If you don't look back at your car after you parked it, you own the wrong car.

31 March 2018
wheels wrote:

Deathknell wrote:

Why is this news. It's a minor fault that has caused no problems so far. Autocar doesn't report on all the other manufacturers recalls, but then they pay for advertising....

Lmao. 

 

If you don't look back at your car after you parked it, you own the wrong car.

 

I cringed.

31 March 2018
Tesla just gone in for service on short notice. They picked it up from my house and dropped of the hire car. They didn't have any Teslas (short notice so all already booked) so they've given me a hire car. Which I'm driving over the long weekend. Unfortunately it's a BMW 5 series.

But at least it's made me realise I drive the right car.

31 March 2018

My insight is being recalled for the passenger airbag, as it could possibly over inflate and injure you, that hasnt been reported on yet somehow this rusty bolt issue is deemed news worthy? 

31 March 2018

The Takata airbag issue has been going for years and still manufactures are catching up with it! I had a 2009 C63 which I sold 3 years ago and I just got a letter last week from M-B Canada.My wife's Subaru Outback Turbo [also sold] was affected, as is her 2017 BMW X1-and 16 months later is still awaiting a replacement! [As I risk injury or death sitting in the passenger seat weekly!] We will never buy another BMW,terrible service,like most cars they want you to buy it but when you are out the door in it they don't care!Do Teslas have Takata airbags? I would check on that.

 

Madmac

31 March 2018
madmac wrote:

We will never buy another BMW,terrible service.

 

Likewise they've lost my business too.   Design faults that they cover in the US but not in the UK finished them with me.   Never again.

 

Then I googled a bit more and see that the car I was thinking of buying a used example of, the current M3, has a terrible reputation of the crank hub spinning causing catastrophic engine failure isn't being fixed by BMW.   You've no idea how close I came to owning one!

 

31 March 2018

...because while recalls are a fact of life and involve all manufacturers, none are in such a critical position as Tesla as it battles to gain mainstream credibility - forecasts of Model 3 production falling short in the first quarter, a fatal accident involving Tesla's autonomous technology and now this are all factors that investors will be considering far more than for say, VW or Ford.

31 March 2018

It will be of small concern to Tesla investors. VW are Ford weren't the best examples dieselgate, monkies, no decent EV, failing image. Ford falling sales,shinking market share and no decent EV

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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