Tesla has issued orders to withdraw 9,537 of its vehicles in the United States, including 9,136 Model Xs from 2016 and 401 Model Ys from 2020, Reuters reports. The problems have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Tesla intends to withdraw the vehicles for testing and repairs.
The larger of the two orders concerns 9,136 Model X from the 2016 model year. The NHTSA report says that the cars have cosmetic applications that may have been applied without primer, which can lead to the loss of upholstery on the roof of the car when driving at high speeds. Tesla says it will apply a test to retain potentially affected cars and re-apply primers and adhesives so that the cladding is properly secured.
This is not the first time that roof structures have caused Tesla headaches. In a recent accident, the Model Y lost its entire roof due to a poorly fitted seal, although the failure did not appear to be related to the problems caused by today̵
Second, a smaller withdrawal was issued for 401 2020 Model Y vehicles that may have loose bolts in the front upper arm that connects to the car’s steering knuckles. Without properly tightened bolts, the arm can become detached from the steering knuckles, affecting the driver’s ability to drive the vehicle. This is also not the first time that steering has been a problem for Tesla cars – before that, the company withdrew 123,000 cars from its Model S line due to a problem with power steering.
Tesla said in the NHTSA report that he knew of only three vehicles affected by loose bolts and was generally unaware of accidents or injuries related to the seizure. The withdrawal is unlikely to have a major impact on Tesla’s recent financial success, which saw the company’s stock rise by more than $ 40 billion ahead of the expected S&P 500 list.
Tesla said it would test and repair the affected vehicles for free if they met the conditions for withdrawal. The company did not respond immediately to a request for comment.