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Car Recall : Tesla recalls 123,000 early Model S cars

 

Tesla Model S

The recalled car: Tesla Model S

Car recall is a sad and unfortunately a common circumstance in the auto world. Over years they have been various recalls by different Auto makers. The cause of such recalls ranges from fairly negligible defect to colossal unavoidable errors. In this article , I will discuss about Tesla recall of Early Model S cars. At this point you you may still wonder what is Car recall?

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What is a Car Recall?

A Car Recall is when a Car manufacturer finds out that a car that has already hit the market has a defect that makes it unsafe or very unreliable. This defect is usually on a particular part of the car e.g Wheel, Axle, engine, steering and so on. The duration is not fixed, some defects are discover almost immediately it entered the market, others can take a longer time, up to a year or two. How this defects are found are through further testing by the manufacturers or dealership, and way is through customers complains. What then happens when there is a Car Recall.

When there is a Car Recall.

Tesla Model 3

No Recalls on Tesla Model 3

You will be required to send your vehicle to the manufacturer when there is a recall. When you bring your car in, they can look up the VIN to see if there are any recalls that need to be performed. Once they are performed, they mark your VIN down as being completed (so that a different dealership won’t re-do the fix later). “No recalls” is a good thing, as it means that there are no known unsafe or unreliable parts on your vehicle, or that any of those recall repairs have already been done.

At this point you may be wondering, what is a VIN and why is it important?

The car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying code for a SPECIFIC automobile. The VIN serves as the car’s fingerprint, as no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN. A VIN is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car’s unique features, specifications and manufacturer. The VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.

Our Case Study :Tesla recalls 123,000 early Model S cars 

Tesla is having it biggest Car Recall, the auto maker is recalling a total of 123,000 Model S cars because of an issue with the power steering. The company are recalling Model S cars around the world that were built before April, 2016.

The recall is limited to just the Model S, Tesla said Model X and Model 3 cars are not included in this recall. While this problem have been around , there has been no injuries or arm done.

In an email to customers, the electric-vehicle company said it would fit a new power-steering component after engineers had observed “excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts, though only in very cold climates, particularly those that frequently use calcium or magnesium road salts, rather than sodium chloride (table salt).”

Offering some background information in its email, Tesla said that even if the bolts failed, the driver would still be able to control the car, though increased force would be needed due to the loss or reduction of power assist.

“This primarily makes the car harder to drive at low speeds and for parallel parking, but does not materially affect control at high speed, where only small steering wheel force is needed,” the company said.

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The Email

Here is the email Tesla sent to its customers :

In order to ensure your safety, Tesla will proactively retrofit a power steering component in all Model S vehicles built before April 2016. (No other Tesla vehicles are affected.) There have been no injuries or accidents due to this component, despite accumulating more than a billion miles of driving.

To be clear, this recall does not apply to any Model X or Model 3 vehicles, only to Model S vehicles built before April 2016.

We have observed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts, though only in very cold climates, particularly those that frequently use calcium or magnesium road salts, rather than sodium chloride (table salt). Nonetheless, Tesla plans to replace all early Model S power steering bolts in all climates worldwide to account for the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment.

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. This primarily makes the car harder to drive at low speeds and for parallel parking, but does not materially affect control at high speed, where only small steering wheel force is needed.

Our records show that you own a Model S affected by this voluntary recall. At this time there is no immediate action you need to take and you may continue to drive your Model S. Tesla will contact you to schedule an appointment when parts are available in your region. The retrofit will typically take around an hour.

Thank you for being a Tesla customer, and we apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 844-248-3752 or by email at ServiceHelpNA@tesla.com.

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