Tesla recalls more than 9,500 Model X and Model Y electric vehicles over faulty roof trim and bolts in the latest report of reliability issues
Late last month, Tesla recalled nearly 50,000 Model S and X cars exported to China due to safety concerns over faulty suspensions. The China State Administration for Market Regulation announced that two models, which were made in the U.S. and sold to customers in China, were recalled over potentially faulty and unsafe front and rear suspensions.
Now in the latest report of reliability issues with some Tesla vehicles, Tesla just issued its second recall in less than a month. Today, Tesla announced it is recalling more than 9,500 of its Model X and Model Y electric vehicles over potentially faulty roof trim and bolts that could be inadequately tightened, according to a report by Reuters.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that the bolts connecting the front upper control arm and steering knuckle may not have been properly tightened, which could allow the upper control arm to detach from the steering knuckle.
“A detached upper control arm can cause the wheels to lean in or out, decreasing the driver’s ability to steer and increase the risk of a crash,” the agency said in a filing. Tesla said it was not aware of accidents or injuries associated with either recall and will inspect affected vehicles and adjust as needed.
The larger recall covers 9,136 Model X cars produced between Sept. 17, 2015, and July 31, 2016, according to a filing with NHTSA. The agency said the front and spine cosmetic roof trim may have been applied without the necessary primer and the pieces may separate over time.
Tesla also recalled 401 2020 Model Y vehicles over a potential issue with its bolts. In the U.S., Tesla has been producing Model Y vehicles in a tent at its Fremont, California, facility in a mostly manual process.
As of April 2018, Tesla has had six recalls for the Model S.