Tesla recalls 40,000 U.S. vehicles – including 2017-2021 Model S and Model X – over potential loss of power steering if drivers strike a pothole, increasing their risk of a crash
- Tesla, owned by Elon Musk, recalled thousands of vehicles after a software problem meant striking a pothole could stop the power-steering from working
- Authorities said a loss of power steering assist can increase the risk of a crash
- The issue was triggered by a software update which was meant to improve steering
- An over-the-air software update has fixed the issue in many, but not all, of the cars
- Tesla has issued recalls for 3.4million vehicles so far in 2022
- The company’s stock has lost half its value this year and dipped 12 percent after Musk’s Twitter takeover
Tesla has recalled 40,000 Model S and Model S cars in the U.S. over a power steering issue that could increase the risk of a crash.
Issues began to emerge in some cars made by Elon Musk’s company after a software update to improve steering
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on October 11 .
The update sparked a new problem that meant cars could lose power-steering assistance in some situations, like striking a pothole or driving on rough roads.
A safety recall report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned loss of the function can require greater steering effort, especially at low speeds, increasing the crash risks.
Tesla, which has received more than 300 alerts for the issue, decided to voluntarily recall affected vehicles on October 25.
Nobody is thought to have been hurt as a result of the problem.
The recall was triggered by an issue with power steering that could increase the risk of a crash
Tesla is recalling 40,000 2017-2021 Model S and Model X cars over the power steering issue
Tesla, which is owned by Elon Musk, has issued 17 recalls in 2022 covering 3.4 million vehicles
The Texas-based electric vehicle manufacturer has released an over-the-air software update to recalibrate the system which was causing the problem.
The automaker said that as of November 1, more than 97 percent of the recalled vehicles have installed an update that has already addressed the recall issue.
Tesla has issued 17 recall campaigns in 2022 covering 3.4 million vehicles.
Most are for relatively minor issues that can be addressed by software updates.
In September, Tesla recalled more than one million US vehicles whose automatic windows may not detect when an obstacle, such as a finger, is in its way.
Tesla stock has lost half its value this year and dipped 12 percent after Musk’s Twitter takeover
A recall report for that issue warned ‘a closing window may exert excessive force by pinching a driver or passenger before retracting, increasing the risk of injury’.
This month’s recall covers the 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X series, and those with affected cars will be notified by Tesla by November 13.
The company said it was not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, crashes, injuries, or deaths related to the defect.
Tesla is also recalling 53 2021 Model S exterior side rearview mirrors that were built for the European market that do not comply with U.S. ‘Rear Visibility’ requirements.
The mirrors were installed during U.S. service visits.
Stocks in Tesla have fallen by roughly 50 percent since the beginning of the year and hit a 52-week low this week.
All of the world’s top tech firms have suffered declines in stock value across the last 12 months
The 20 richest tech billionaires have also lost nearly half a trillion dollars in wealth this year
Some investors have been selling off stock in the company following Musk’s chaotic takeover of Twitter.
The stock has dipped about 12 percent since the buyout was completed on October 27.
But the fall is also part of a downturn faced by many of the large tech firms, including Amazon, Meta, Apple and Google.
In total, America’s six largest tech companies have lost a staggering $4.35 trillion in value compared with their respective peaks.
Musk, the world’s richest man, is reportedly considering putting Twitter behind a paywall as he works to increase the site’s revenue.
Sources told Platformer that he’s discussed the idea with tech investor David Sacks.
Musk tweeted on Monday night that ‘Twitter usage is at an all-time high’ since he took over and declared himself ‘Chief Twit’.