Tesla Faces Huge Recalls Of Model S And Model X Vehicles In China
In China, Tesla is recalling up to 48,442 of its Model S and Model X electric vehicles over potentially faulty and unsafe front and rear suspensions. All the vehicles which were made in the US and before their sale to Chinese customers.
According to China’s auto industry news site, Gasgoo, the recall affects 29,193 imported Model S and Model X vehicles. The vehicles were produced between 17th September 2013 and 16th August 2017. These recalls also affect 19,249 Model S produced between 17th September 2013 and 15th October 2018. All the vehicles were produced at Tesla’s Fremont, California, vehicle assembly plant.
The Chinese agency is ordering Tesla to replace the rear linkages of their left and right front suspension. Tesla also has to replace the upper linkages of the left and right rear suspension. Additionally, it must replace parts for all the cars that are part of the recall at no cost to the owners.
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Similar complaints of potentially unsafe or faulty suspensions in the Model appeared in 2016. Tesla CEO Elon Musk Musk said in a corporate blog post and on Twitter that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “found no safety concern with the Model S suspension and have no further need for data from us on this matter”. The CEO also claimed that complaints to NHTSA were untrue.
Meanwhile, NHTSA has not said if a similar Tesla recall will happen in the US, however, it is aware of the happening in China.
“NHTSA is aware of the Tesla recall due to suspension problems in China. At this time, the agency has not received significant complaints related to these issues in the United States. The agency is in contact with Tesla and monitoring the situation closely, and will not hesitate to take action to protect the public against unreasonable risks to safety. If you think your vehicle may have a safety defect that isn’t part of a current recall, contact NHTSA,” the agency said in a statement.
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