Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Business | By Sandy Mccarthy

Tesla Issues Recall for Stuck Parking Brakes

Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been making efforts to streamline its production process ahead of the Model 3 rollout. In fact, Tesla believes that only five per cent of the 53,000 vehicles it is recalling may actually be affected - and they include Model S and Model X vehicles produced between February 2016 and October 2016.

According to Vox, the electric parking brakes on these Model S and Model X vehicles - more than half of the Teslas sold in 2016 - may fail to release.

Tesla says there have been no accidents or injuries related to the problem.

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The Elon Musk-led electric auto manufacturer apologised for the issue, which it blamed on a small gear provided by a third-party supplier. A total of 53,000 cars were produced during the time, and now, the automaker company has made a decision to voluntarily recall all the cars and replace the part of parking brakes. A Tesla spokesperson said in a statement: "There have been no reports of the parking brake system failing to hold a parked vehicle or failing to stop a vehicle in an emergency as a result of this condition, and this part has no impact on the car's regular braking systems".

Tesla has said it will be contacting customers who may have been affected and advising them on how they can have their vehicle repaired.

The company has said the owners of the vehicles will be contacted by email and the parts to fix all the cars should be available by October. An appointment will be scheduled at local service centers from where parts can be replaced with an estimated time of 45 minutes given by the company. Tesla Motors itself has recalled 90,000 vehicles in November 2015 due to a faulty seatbelt, and Mercedes recalled 1 million vehicles over fire hazards due to some starter components in vehicles sold between 2015 and 2017.

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