Tesla recalls 15,000 Model X SUVs due to a potential problem that can result in a loss of power steering assist that would make steering more durable and increase the risk of an accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transport Canada stated aluminum bolts that connect the electric power steering gear support motor to the gear housing could deteriorate and break inflicting a reduction or total loss of power steering support.
The recall applies to the 2016 model year X vehicles.
Tesla stated the automobiles being recalled include most Model X automobiles developed before mid-October 2016; however, the shift doesn’t have an effect on cars built after that date.
Tesla had issued a similar recall in March 2018 for 123,000 Model S automobiles globally made before April 2016 that called for changing steering support motor bolts.
NHTSA stated there are no known crashes or accidents related to the Model X recall.
The recall covers 14,193 U.S. automobiles and 843 in Canada. Tesla will replace the mounting bolts and also will arrange for the replacement of the steering gear if necessary.
Tesla added drivers could continue to drive their Model X SUVs before the problem is addressed. Tesla stated it should contact owners to schedule appointments when parts are available.
Tesla stated it would apply a corrosion-preventative sealer in all Model X automobiles to account for the possibility that autos might later be driven in cold climates.