Tesla is recalling 6,000 vehicles due to the chance of free bolts

Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its plant in Shanghai, east China, Jan. 7, 2020.

Aly song | Reuters

Tesla is recalling 5,974 of its electric vehicles because of concerns that their caliper bolts could loosen, potentially resulting in loss of tire pressure and an increased risk of accidents, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.

Cars that are part of the voluntary recall include certain models of Model 3 from 2019-2021 and models of Model Y 2020-2021. Tesla said there was no known accident or injury due to the potential defect. It will check and tighten or replace the caliper bolts free of charge if necessary.

The company’s stock lost more than 1.5% on Wednesday morning.

Tesla said it was made aware of an issue in December involving an on-site incident involving a 2021 Model Y with a missing driver-side rear brake caliper fastener. It has since taken steps to prevent the problem during assembly.

The recall follows one in February involving 36,126 Model S and Model X vehicles in China and 134,951 vehicles in the US, which was requested by the NHTSA because of touchscreen failures. In 2020, nearly 50,000 cars were recalled in China for faulty suspension and 9,500 X and Y models in the US for roof and bolt problems. In 2018, Tesla voluntarily recalled 123,000 Model S vehicles because of a problem with the power steering component.

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