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

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.

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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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SmokingCoal 3 April 2018

Another nail in the coffin...

Tesla failed to hit another quarterly production target for the Model 3, even after they revised the expected number down multiple times and the company continues to lose money quarter after quarter. I guess it is up to the deluded tech investors and fan boys to keep it going now. Anyone with a spare dime won't go anywhere near it. Hilarious!

 

Hardly surprising the Government isn't taxing diesel cars too tough yet.

k12479 31 March 2018

Why is this news?

...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.

xxxx 31 March 2018

Critical?

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

k12479 31 March 2018

xxxx wrote:

xxxx wrote:

It will be of small concern to Tesla investors. VW are Ford weren't the best examples...

They're very good examples. Dieselgate isn't killing VW, in fact it's been doing pretty well regardless. Ford is ticking along. Neither have been burning through investors cash without a return so far, and neither will be going back to investors for more capital any time soon. Over the last 12 months, VW shares are up about 15%, Ford are about flat, Tesla are down about 5%. That'll be an indication of whose shareholders are concerned and whose are not.

Marc 31 March 2018

xxxx wrote:

xxxx wrote:

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

Isn't it monkeys?

madmac 31 March 2018

The Takata airbag issue has

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.

 

Symanski 31 March 2018

BMW not interested.

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!