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Tesla recalling 53000 vehicles worldwide for brake problem

Tesla recalling 53000 vehicles worldwide for brake problem

Tesla estimates that about 2 percent of the vehicles recalled contain the improperly manufactured gear. Engineers believe a small gear, perhaps improperly built by a supplier, is to blame. The issued could lead to a break and prevent the brake from releasing. According to Tesla, the problems stem from a gear within the parking brake system that could potentially fail.

The issue was discovered after Tesla learned that some owners had received alerts to have their parking brakes serviced, says a report from Jalopnik. According to the electric auto maker about 2 per cent of the 53,000 vehicles built from February to October 2016 had the defect, and all those cars were being recalled.

Some analysts have expressed skepticism about the meteoric rise in Tesla shares given that the company still sells only a fraction of cars compared with GM or Ford.

Tesla said less than 5 per cent of the vehicles being recalled may be affected and it would take less than 45 minutes to replace the brakes.

The broken gear can't cause any harm to the driver or passengers (hence the voluntary recall), but if it happens then the vehicle will not be drivable.

We are working closely with our supplier to obtain replacement parts. It expects to have sufficient parts for all of the affected vehicles by October.

Although this particular recall isn't almost as high-profile as the Takata airbag recall, it does highlight Tesla's slightly precarious position as the company prepares to release its mass-market Model 3.

In a February 22 letter to shareholders, Tesla said it was expanding its mobile fix operation as part of an effort to prepare for higher service demand from the Model 3.

Luckily, no one has been harmed from the issue, but Tesla is taking action to fully make sure that zero harm comes to owners of these vehicles.


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