Tesla recalling 53000 vehicles worldwide for brake problem

Guillermo Lane
April 22, 2017

If the gear breaks, the parking brake could get stuck in place.

A voluntary global recall has been issued by Tesla to fix problem of parking brakes in some of its cars like Model S and Model X. The negative news is in respect of lawsuits alleging dangerously defective autopilot software and the recall of 53,000 cars whereas the positive is that the company mint money from trucks once it enters the segment.

Tesla issued a voluntary recall Thursday for 53,000 vehicles built in 2016 for a faulty parking brake that could remain engaged.

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

Tesla estimates that only 5 percent of the cars it is recalling will be affected and that the replacement will take about 45 minutes. "We have also determined that only a very small percentage of gears in vehicles built during this period were manufactured properly", a statement on its website reads.

The company will send an official notice to the customers with information about how the parking brake can be replaced or fixed.

While the automaker claims the issue seems to affect merely two percent of the 53,000 units, the company has opted to recall all of them for safety reasons, BBC reports.

What effect that may have on waiting times for service calls remains to be determined.

The recall report comes as Tesla is gearing up to manufacturer the Model S, with production expected to begin in July.

In US trading, Tesla shares closed down 1% at $302.51. A spokeswoman from the supplier told AFR in an email that it is now working with Tesla to resolve the issue. Tesla's stock price surged to an all-time high of $313.73 on Monday, 10th April 2017, sending the market cap to over $51.5 billion.

The broken gear can't cause any harm to the driver or passengers (hence the voluntary recall), but if it happens then the vehicle will not be drivable.

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