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Friday, March 30, 2018
Pre-emptive recall for Tesla Model S
For Tesla Model S owners, Tesla is recalling all vehicles manufactured prior to April 2016. No danger is present, but they have noticed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts for cars used in cold climates where calcium or magnesium salts are used on the roads (instead of table salt). Tesla will contact those owners and setup a hour-long service appointment for replacement of the bolts. No deaths have been associated with this recall, it a pre-emptive call to prevent future problems.
The text of the message (which applies to me):
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.
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
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.
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.
you for being a Tesla customer, and we apologize for this
inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone
at (877) 798‑3752 or by email at ServiceHelpNA@tesla.com.