Tesla recalling 53000 vehicles worldwide for brake problem

Phillip Butler
April 22, 2017

Tesla says the electronic parking brakes on Model S and Model X vehicles built between February and October 2016 may contain a small gear that could have been manufactured improperly by a third-party supplier, according to the statement.

The Elon Musk-led electric vehicle manufacturer apologised for the issue, which it blamed on a small gear provided by a third-party supplier. If the gear breaks, the parking brake could get stuck in place.

While Tesla has several release candidates testing different aspects and production processes, only two different vehicles have been spotted testing on public roads so far.

Tesla sent out an email to the owners, to whom the auto was delivered during the time frame. It will take 45 minutes to replace both brakes, and the carmaker hopes to have all sufficient parts for affected vehicles replaced by October.

The Palo Alto, Calif. -based company said it would alert affected customers of the recall via mail and email, which will inform them on how to replace the parking brakes.

Of the 84,000 vehicles Tesla manufactured in 2016, the recalls accounts for roughly 63 per cent.

Tesla shares closed down with 1%, in USA trading.

Tesla calls yesterday's action a "voluntary recall", and stresses that only a small number of the 53,000 vehicles-less than 5 percent, perhaps as low as 2 percent-is likely to suffer from the problem.

Jonathan McNeill, president of global sales and services at Tesla, announced the plans during his visit to Seoul on April 19. Although, company added that no reports of injury and accidents have been reported.

"Service capacity will not be an issue", a Tesla spokeswoman said in an email, noting that the mobile technicians will be able to handle the fix.

The company issued a voluntary recall for 3,000 of its Model S cars in November 2015, due to seatbelt connectivity problems.

Tesla's stock lost about 1% in Thursday's trading session, closing at $302.51 in a 52-week range of $178.19 to $313.73.

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