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Tesla recalls 53000 of its Model S, Model X cars

Tesla recalls 53000 of its Model S, Model X cars

If the gear breaks, it may prevent the brake from releasing.

Tesla stresses that this recall is being done only because the carmaker typically exercises an abundance of caution in these cases, and that only a small number of vehicles will likely ever exhibit the issue, and that even when they do, the resulting problems don't present a safety risk to either drivers or passengers.

The problem that Tesla has taken note of stems from a manufacturing fault with its electronic parking brakes on some of its sedans and SUVs, according to an email Tesla sent out to vehicle owners. It should be noted that the parking brake assembly is from a third-party supplier, as well.

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Tesla estimates that between 2% and 5% of the vehicles recalled contain the faulty gear.

We've provided a copy of Tesla's email communication to impacted Model S and Model X owners.

Tesla said that the issue does not affect the vehicles' regular brakes, and the company has not received reports of the parking brakes failing to keep the cars in place.

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Being stuck in Park sure sounds better than being unable to keep the vehicle from rolling when shut off.

Vehicles assembled between February and October past year contain a small gear that could have been manufactured improperly by Tesla's supplier, according to a statement on the electric-car maker's website.

The company also said it would send an official recall notice to its customers. In the meantime, it is safe to continue regular use of your vehicle. For more information, FAQs, and other details related to this recall, please visit the Recall Information page. It takes less than 45 minutes to replace both parking brakes, and service centers already have some replacement parts ready for swapping in.

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