Austin, TX – November 19, 2022 – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is recalling 40,168 vehicles whose power steering may stop working. This may cause the driver to lose control of the car, upping the risk of a crash and injury.
The following models are affected by this recall:
- 2017 – 2021 Tesla Model S
- 2017 – 2021 Tesla Model X
Both listed models are equipped with an Electronic Power Assist Steering system (EPAS) which makes it easier for the driver to turn the wheel. In October, Tesla introduced a faulty firmware which resulted in the car losing power steering in certain situations, such as after hitting a pothole or a bump.
The component causing the issue is the vehicle firmware, with release numbers between 2022.36 and 2022.36.4.
With power assistance gone, steering will require more effort. This may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
If the power steering shuts down, a warning sign will appear on the dashboard, accompanied by an audible alert.
Other Tesla recalls
Among previous Tesla Model S recalls, the one from October 2022, caused by defective windows, is the most recent. This recall affected more than a million vehicles.
There was a Tesla Model X recall in May due to the risk of the infotainment systems freezing up.
Tesla has already issued a firmware updated to fix the issue. The repair is free of charge.
Owners will be notified on December 31, 2022.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
More than 40,000 electric cars were recalled over these Tesla power steering issues. To do a Tesla recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.