Tesla recalls 40,000 US vehicles due to possible loss of power steering
Tesla Inc. is recalling just over 40,000 2017-2021 Model S and Model X vehicles that may experience loss of power steering when driving on uneven roads or after hitting a pothole.
The Texas-based electric vehicle manufacturer has released a wireless software update to recalibrate the system after it began rolling out an update on October 11 to better detect
unexpected power steering torque.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a loss of power steering can require more steering effort, especially at low speeds, increasing the risk of accidents.
Tesla said it had identified 314 vehicle warnings for this condition among U.S. vehicles that may have been related to the recall, but said it was not aware of any injuries or deaths associated with the condition.
The automaker said that as of Nov. 1, more than 97% of recalled vehicles have installed an update that already addresses the recall issue.
Separately, Tesla is recalling 53 wing mirrors from the 2021 Model S that were built for the European market and do not meet U.S. “rear visibility” requirements. The mirrors were installed during service visits in the US.
Tesla launched 17 recalls for 3.4 million vehicles in 2022.
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