While most of the automobile press was at the New York Auto Show yesterday, Tesla issued a recall for 123,000 Model S electric vehicles. The recall fixes a problem with Model S sedans built before April 201
We have seen excessive corrosion of the power steering bolts, but only in very cold climates, especially those that often use calcium or magnesium salts instead of sodium chloride (common salt).) , Nonetheless, Tesla plans to replace all early model S power steering screws in all climate zones worldwide to take into account the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment.
If the bolts fail, the driver can still steer the car, but increased power is required due to loss or reduction of power assistance. This makes the car more difficult to drive, especially at low speeds and parallel parking, but does not significantly affect control at high speed, where only a small steering wheel force is needed.
This is the biggest recall Tesla has had to solve (or maybe a bit more) than half of all Model S vehicles built so far. In 2015, the company had to recall 90,000 cars for a seatbelt problem, and in 2016 another 53,000 vehicles had their parking brakes replaced.
There is even more bad news for the company in a week in which the stock price fell 14 percent and its debt rating was downgraded.