Tesla is recalling 53,000 vehicles after discovering a potential issue with the electric parking brake on certain Model S and Model X vehicles that might cause the brake to stick. Tesla says the electronic parking brakes on Model S and Model X vehicles built between February and October 2016 may contain a small gear that could have been manufactured improperly by a third-party supplier, according to the statement. The company said while they haven’t seen any injuries or accidents related to the issue, they will replace the parts on all potentially affected vehicles. The statement on the company’s website said:
If this gear were to break, the parking brake would continue to keep the car from moving, but the parking brake would then be stuck in place. There have been no reports of the parking brake system failing to hold a parked vehicle or failing to stop a vehicle in an emergency as a result of this condition, and this part has no impact on the car’s regular braking systems.
Tesla is sending emails to affected customers to give them instructions on how to get the electric parking brake replaced. It also says owners of the affected recalls will receive an official recall notice by mail. The company says it can begin replacing parts immediately and is working with its supplier to ensure it has enough parts to address all affected vehicles by October. “In the meantime, it is safe to continue regular use of your vehicle,” the statement said. Less than 5 percent of the 53,000 vehicles being recalled may be affected by the issue, but the recall extends to all out of an abundance of caution, Tesla said. “Because of the design of the gear, it is difficult to tell exactly which vehicles are affected,” the statement said.
Servicing and repair of the brakes will take less than 45 minutes, the statement said. The recall announcement came one day after Tesla was hit with a punitive class action in California federal court alleging its 2016-2017 models weren’t updated with standard safety features and premium enhanced Autopilot software as promised in a December 2016 software update. Tesla also announced a settlement had been reached with Sterling Anderson, a former director of their Autopilot program, and his new company Aurora Innovations, ending a trade secrets suit filed in January.