Tesla Recalls More Than 100,000 Model S Because Of A Power Steering Problem
On Thursday, March 29, 2018, Tesla announced the recall of a large number of the Model S sedans around the world due to problems with the power steering. E-mails were sent to customers.
This is a voluntary step of the automaker, and this recall has been the largest in the history of the brand and concerns 123,000 Models S produced before April 2016. Fortunately, the cases of injuries and accidents due to the defect are not revealed.
Previously, Tesla had already recalled the Model S, then it was about 90,000 cars, in which in 2015 a fault of safety belts was discovered. Last year 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles fell under the recall due to a parking brake problem.
The company reported there was excessive corrosion of the power steering bolts. This problem is more common in cold climates, where roads are sprinkled with salt and reagents.
In Tesla’s e-mail to customers it is written,
If the bolts fail, the driver is still able to steer the car, but increased force is required due to loss or reduction of power assist. 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.
Owners of the Model S do not need to stop driving their cars, if they experience no problems. The company claimed they would be informed when and where in their area they could have a retrofit.
Meanwhile, Tesla will continue ramping up production of the Model S and reporting its deliveries on a quarterly basis.
Source: the Verge