Electric vehicle company Tesla has issued a recall order for more than 2,800 of its vehicles over an issue with their front suspension bolts, which could loosen and result in a dangerous loss of vehicle stability.
The company’s recall affects Model 3 cars from the model years 2019, 2020, and 2021, as well as Model Y cars from the model year 2021. There are just over 2,800 cars being recalled.
In its report to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tesla explained that its quality team had discovered 39 service repairs during production of the Model 3 and Model Y cars. The repairs involved one or both of the front suspension lateral link fasteners being loose or missing. The automaker confirmed that an assembly worker unsuccessfully attempted to tighten the bolts too many times, which could loosen them.
After determining the cause of the loosened bolts, Tesla made the decision on October 18, 2021, to issue a recall. The company warned in its report that if the fasteners come loose, drivers will hear an “abnormal noise” coming from the front end of their vehicle.
Tesla will be sending letters to all registered owners of the affected vehicles, with instructions on how to get the automobiles fixed. Owners of the affected cars will have to arrange for an appointment at a Tesla service facility, where a technician will check the fasteners and either tighten or replace them, as necessary.