Tesla recalls 123,000 Model S cars over faulty power steering
Tesla is voluntarily recalling 123,000 Model S cars over a power steering issue. The company informed its customers through an email, saying the recall was a proactive move and that no other Tesla cars were affected by this issue. Tesla said Model S cars made before April 2016 were affected and that no accidents have been reported with reference to the problem. Here's more.
Details about the issue
Tesla said it has, "observed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts," but that the problem was noticed only in colder regions where roads are salted to melt ice. However, the company has decided to retrofit all Model S cars which were built before April'16. Tesla also informed the users that they can continue to drive their cars if they haven't experienced any steering issues.
Tesla's observation of the faulty power steering
Tesla said, "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," the automaker added.
Tesla has recalled its cars before as well
While the current recall of 123,000 Model S cars is the company's largest recall to date, Tesla has recalled its cars before as well. Just last year, Tesla voluntarily recalled 53,000 Model S and Model X cars over a parking break fault. Also, back in 2015, Tesla had recalled 90,000 Model S cars over a faulty seat belt issue.