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Tesla is recalling more than 9,500 of its Model X and Model Y electric vehicles due to possible faulty roof panels and bolts that may not be sufficiently tightened.
The company’s stock was trading around 1% lower on Wednesday.
The major recall affects 9,136 Model X vehicles manufactured between September 17, 2015 and July 31, 2016. This emerges from a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency said the headlining cosmetic front and rear may have been applied without the required primer and the pieces could separate over time.
Tesla also recalled 401 2020 Model Y vehicles because of a possible problem with its bolts. The Model Y is largely handcrafted in a tent at Tesla’s Fremont facility.
The NHTSA said the bolts connecting the front upper wishbone and steering knuckle may not have been properly tightened, which could cause the upper wishbone to loosen from the steering knuckle.
“A removed upper wishbone can cause the wheels to lean in or out, reducing the driver’s ability to steer and increasing the risk of an accident,” the agency said in a file.
Tesla said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to a recall and would inspect affected vehicles and adjust as needed.
This is the latest report on reliability issues with some Tesla vehicles.
In October, Tesla voluntarily recalled nearly 50,000 Model S and X vehicles in China due to faulty suspension. Earlier this month, Tesla extended its warranty to include defective main computers in some S and X computers that resulted in power outages on the touchscreen, among other things.
Consumer reports said in their annual Auto Reliability Survey on Nov. 19 that the Tesla Model S is no longer recommended due to issues with the air suspension, main computer, and touch controls. It also examined the Y model’s body fittings and paint problems, and ultimately gave three out of four Tesla vehicles below average reliability ratings, including the S, X and Y models.
Lora Kolodny from CNBC contributed to this report.
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