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Tesla is recalling 14,193 of its Model X SUVs built before mid-October 2016 because the power steering bolts may become excessively corroded due to road salts that tend to be used in cold climates. The automaker issued a similar recall for the Model S sedan in March 2018.
In a written statement, Tesla says that it has seen excessive corrosion on bolts that hold a component in the vehicle’s power steering system. This corrosion has been found primarily on vehicles driven in cold climates where calcium or magnesium road salts are used in instead of sodium chloride.
If a bolt fractures, the vehicle’s power steering might suddenly become inoperable, though the driver would still be able to steer the car.
A driver experiencing this problem may notice significant whining, screeching, or squeaking noises. Audio or visual warnings may alert the driver to a problem as well.
The automaker says it is not aware of any injuries or crashes due to the issue. Owners of affected vehicles can continue to drive their cars until they are repaired.
Vehicles recalled: Certain Model X SUVs built before mid-October 2016. Nearly 15,000 vehicles are included in the recall.
The problem: Road salts used in cold climates could corrode the bolts on an important component within the vehicle’s power steering system.
The fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the aluminum bolts with with coated steel bolts, and apply a sealant to prevent corrosion. This repair will be performed free of charge.
How to contact the manufacturer: In a written statement, Tesla said it will contact owners of affected vehicles to schedule an appointment for repair when parts are available. The repair will typically take around an hour.
NHTSA campaign number: 20V062
Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the NHTSA website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.
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