Tesla will recall 15,000 Model X SUVs made in 2016 due to issues in the power steering assist that could make steering harder and increase the risk of a crash.
The recall applies to 2016 model year X vehicles. Tesla said the vehicles being recalled include most Model X vehicles built before mid-October 2016, but the move doesn’t affect vehicles built after that date.
Tesla issued a similar recall in March 2018 for 123,000 Model S vehicles worldwide built before April 2016 that called for replacing steering assist motor bolts.
NHTSA said there are no known crashes or injuries associated with the Model X recall. The recall covers 14,193 U.S. vehicles and 843 in Canada. Tesla will arrange for the replacement of the mounting bolts and will also replace the steering gear if needed, Transport Canada said.
Tesla said it has “observed excessive corrosion on the bolts that attach this component to the steering gear in affected Model X vehicles” and primarily in areas with very cold climates that use road salts. Tesla said if the bolts fail it would require “more force to turn the steering wheel, especially during low speed parking maneuvers.”