Update: 2016 Tesla Model X Recalled Over Road Hazard Issue
The NHTSA announced in Dec. 2020 that Tesla Inc. is recalling Model X vehicles from model year 2020 which were manufactured with front and spine cosmetic roof trim that was adhered to the car without first using primer, which could cause the trim to separate from the vehicle while moving. This could result in a road hazard and increase the risk of a crash, NHTSA said. Tesla’s number for this recall is SB-20-12-005.
What’s the Problem?
Tesla Inc. is recalling about 15,000 Model X SUVs from model year 2016 over a potential defect which could cause a sudden loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash and serious bodily injury, including death.
The problem involves the aluminum bolts that attach the electric power steering gear assist motor to the gear housing, which may corrode and break, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If this occurs, it would cause a complete loss of power steering assist in affected models.
Tesla said the Model X vehicles being recalled were built before mid-October 2016, and does not affect vehicles built after that date. The automaker issued a similar recall in March 2018 for 123,000 Model S vehicles built before April 2016 that called for replacing steering assist motor bolts.
If you own a Tesla that is affected by this recall, you should stop using it immediately and contact your dealership. Tesla will arrange for the replacement of the mounting bolts and will also replace the steering gear if needed.
Tesla Autopilot Crash Update: Model X Had Software Glitches Before Fatal Accident
The man who died in March 2018 after his Tesla Model X crashed into a highway barrier while on autopilot in Mountain View, California, had previously complained about the system aiming him towards the same barrier, according to The Epoch Times.
Apple engineer Walter Huang was commuting to work using the Tesla autopilot assist feature when the accident occurred. The car strayed off course and crashed near the off-ramp for Highway 85 from 101 in Silicon Valley. Huang was critically injured in the crash and later died in the hospital, prompting an investigation by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is set to deliver its conclusion on Feb. 25. 2020.
Do I Have a Tesla Recall Lawsuit?
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If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled Tesla, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.