Tesla issues recalls for Model X and Model Y, impacting nearly 10,000 vehicles

Tesla issued two separate recalls on Tuesday for the Model X and Model Y that impacts nearly 10,000 vehicles.

Model Y Recall

This recall impacts approximately 401 Model Y’s from the 2020 model year, and concerns bolts connecting the front upper control arm and steering knuckle that may not have been tightened to specification at the factory. As a result, the upper control could detach from the steering knuckle.

Tesla will notify customers of impacted vehicles, and inspect the bolts and tighten if necessary. Tesla reports there have been no injuries or accidents as a result of this issue.

The official recall follows a story Drive Tesla reported exclusively on earlier this month. A Canadian Model Y owner let us know that Tesla mobile service had contacted them about loose upper control arm fasteners, which was referred to as a recall.

Transport Canada has not issued a recall for this issue at the time of publication, but it does impact Canadian owners as noted above.

Model X Recall

The larger recall impacts approximately 9,104 Model X cars from the 2016 model year. According to a document published by the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the “front applique” and “spine applique” (trim pieces near the Falcon doors) are adhered to the vehicle using urethane. The problem occurs if the applique-to-urethane interface lacks primer. Over time this adhesion may weaken, causing the trim to potentially separate from the vehicle.

The NHTSA notes owners may notice a noise inside the vehicle for either a short or prolonged period of time. Owners may also notice the trim coming loose.

Tesla will inspect the recalled vehicles and apply a retention test to the trim. If they pass, there is sufficient primer and no fix is required. If they fail, Tesla will apply primer to fix the issue.

There have been no reported accidents or injuries as a result of this issue.

Transport Canada has yet to list these recalls in their database at the time of publication.

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