Tesla has recalled a significant number of Model S vehicles globally due to a faulty steering issue. The company has informed customers in an email that this is a proactive, voluntary recall and that none of its other cars are affected by this issue. Tesla has recalled 123,000 Model S vehicle manufactured before April 2016.
Tesla has also informed customers that no crashes or injuries caused by this issue have been reported as yet. Nonetheless, this is still the largest voluntary recall that Tesla has ever issued. The largest Tesla Model S recall before this was back in 2015 when 90,000 vehicles were affected by a faulty seat belt.
The reason for this latest recall according to the email that the company has sent out is “excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts,” adding that the problem was largely witnessed in colder climates where road salt is used.
“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,” Tesla wrote in the email, pointing out that this is going to make the car harder to drive at low speeds and for parallel parking. The issue does not “materially affect control at high speed,” it added.
The company says that owners who haven’t experienced any problems don’t need to stop driving their Model S and that owners will be informed when a retrofit is ready for installation in their area. The process shouldn’t take more than an hour.