Tesla – the electric car making giant – has issued a voluntary recall for some of its Model X and Model S electric cars all over the world to fix a problem with the parking brake. According to the U.S.-based electric car maker, around 2% of the 53,000 vehicles – which were built from February to October 2016 – were affected but all of those vehicles are being recalled now so that the automaker can solve the problem.
Tesla recalls electric vehicles AGAIN
The electric car making giant further said that it had no report of injuries or accidents in relation to the brake issue. The shares of the automaker closed down 1% at $302.51 in US trading. The firm said in a statement that the electric parking brakes installed on Model X and Model S may contain “a small gear that could have been manufactured improperly by our third-party supplier”. Further, the U.S.-based electric car making giant said that the parking brake would continue to keep the car from moving if the gear were to break but the parking brake would be stuck in place.
The EV making giant, however, added that there had been no reports about any parking brake related issues recently. It said that it was quite safe to continue regular use of the Tesla electric car. The automaker will now be sending an official recall notice to customers, with sufficient data on how the parking brakes would be replaced.
A US federal government agency – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating in 2013. The NHTSA added that the vehicle set “a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants”. In November 2015, the electric car maker had issued a voluntary recall for 3,000 of its Model S electric cars due to seatbelt connectivity problems.
Analysts concerned about the ability of Tesla
Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer of Tesla, said last year that the company would branch out beyond cars. However, the analysts are concerned that the EV making giant will not meet demand for its current projects. The automaker produced overall 83,922 electric cars, including the Model S and Model X, last year.
Musk said earlier this week that the automaker would reveal an electric articulated lorry in September. In addition to this, he said that an electric pickup truck would be shown off in the coming two years. The upcoming affordable EV ‘Model 3’ has 400,000 pre-orders already, which is more than what the EV maker can manufacture in a year. The Model 3 is due to go into production later in 2017. The basic model of the electric car costs $35,000 (£28,500) and has a range of at least 215 miles (346km) per charge.