The recall of the Tesla Model 3 units equates to around one percent of the total vehicles, a report suggests.
American electric vehicle maker Tesla is recalling 422 Model 3 vehicles in the United States over issues with their front suspension lateral link fasteners. According to a Reuters report, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a lateral link separation could shift the wheel alignment and cause an increased risk of a collision due to the instability of the vehicle.
The Elon Musk-led Tesla has said to tighten or replace the affected part of the Model 3 units built from 2018 to 2019. The report added that the company received 25 warranty claims and two field reports since January 2019 relating to the loose lateral link fastener issue. However, there are no reports of crashes, injuries, or deaths that the company is aware of.
Another report by Teslarati suggests that the recall, initiated on March 31, equates to around one percent of the total vehicles. Additionally, the move is an expansion of a 2021 recall for the same issue with the same Tesla Model 3 cars from the 2019-2021 and 2020-2021 Tesla Model Y vehicles. Tesla said it escalated 39 service repairs of these units, in which one or both front suspension lateral link fasteners were found to be loose or missing, the report added.
This recall is one among the several such incidents that have happened in the past. Last month, the NHTSA in the U.S. launched an investigation into Tesla Model X SUVs from 2022 and 2023 due to concerns over seat belt failure. The probe affected approximately 50,000 vehicles.
In February, the company announced to recall 3,470 units of 2022-2023 Model Y cars as the bolts securing the second-row seat back frames in the vehicles were not torqued to specifications. Earlier in the same month, the automobile manufacturer recalled 362,000 Teslas with Full Self Driving Systems that regulators found prone to accidents.