Tesla is riding a streak of bad news. The California-based EV maker announced a recall of 53,000 of its Model S and Model X cars due to an issue with the parking brake.
It’s the largest recall in the young company’s history.
The total may not seem so large compared to recent actions by other automakers, but the company only produced about 83,000 vehicles in 2016.
“The electric parking brakes installed 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 our third-party supplier,” Tesla said in a statement on its website.
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The automaker said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries due to the issue. Ulitmately, the problem may affect less than 5% of the vehicles being recalled. The repair will take less than 45 minutes, the company said.
The company said on Thursday it was working with Italian supplier Freni Brembo SpA to get replacement parts. Official recall notices will be sent to owners of the affected vehicles.
Tesla’s last recall involved 2,700 Model X sport utility vehicles in the United States due to a faulty locking hinge in third-row seats.
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The announcement comes shortly after the EV maker is being sued three customers who say that Autopilot, designed to take control of the vehicle while driving on well-marked, limited-access highways, doesn’t live up to its billing as safe and reliable, declaring the $5,000 option “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous.”
Additionally, the company is facing a possible strike at its German-owned subsidiary, Tesla Grohmann Automation. Earlier in the week, reports surfaced that employees at the company are unhappy about their wages and may strike over the issue.
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A strike could be costly as it will likely delay the maker’s first mainstream vehicle, the Model 3, which is viewed as critical to Tesla’s long-term survival. In typical Tesla form, the automaker disputed the report about the wages outlining that it had given employees more than $10,000 raises when it took over the company.
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