Tesla recalling Model S sedans for power-steering fix

Daniel Fowler
April 7, 2018

But technicians will replace all power steering bolts in the recalled vehicles "to account for the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment". Tesla says that there have been no accidents due to the bolts, and that failure of the bolts would not prevent the driver from steering, just make it harder. No injuries or crashes have been reported in connection with the problem.

San Francisco: Tesla Inc.is recalling all Model S cars built before April 2016 to retrofit a power-steering component as the company caps its worst one-month performance in the stock market since December 2010. Tesla said the issue is known to have involved less than 0.02% of the potentially affected vehicles in the U.S.

Shares fell 22% this month in NY, the biggest one-month drop since the year it went public. Before today, its largest Model S recall was when 90,000 of the vehicles were affected in 2015 by a faulty seat belt.

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Tesla is recalling 123,000 Model S electric cars to fix a power steering bolt defect.

Tesla said it had observed the defect "only in very cold climates" where vehicles contend with road salt.

"If the bolts fail, the driver is still able to steer the auto, but increased force is required due to loss or reduction of power assist", Tesla wrote in the email to customers. This would make it harder to steer in traffic and while parking the vehicle. This is not the first voluntary recall for the Model S. Recalls happen regularly at all vehicle brands. The retrofit will typically take around an hour.

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