Tesla contacting Model Y owners over loose upper control arm fasteners

If you own a Tesla Model Y, don’t be surprised if you are contacted by Tesla about a possible issue with your upper control arm fasteners.

A few months ago several owners reported on the TMC forums an issue in that their new Model Y’s were missing a control arm fastener. As the discussion progressed on the forum, users speculated that the missing fastener was likely installed at the factory, but loosened over time before eventually falling off, causing the front wheel to point inwards.

It appears as though Tesla is now confirming there is an issue with the fasteners, and initiating what the automaker refers to as a recall over it.

In a message sent today from Tesla mobile service to a Model Y owner on Vancouver Island, the automaker said his upper control arm fasteners may not have been torqued to specification while the car was being built. As a result, they are recalling affected vehicles to inspect the fasteners and re-torque them if necessary.

Tesla Model Y upper control arms
Image via Steve M

As the message notes, the problem only requires a quick 15-minute service visit, which will be performed at no cost to the owner.

We have searched both the Transport Canada and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall databases, and have not been able to find an official recall for this issue at the time of publication. The only recall listed for the Model Y is for the faulty trailer brake lights that we reported on last month.

Let us know in the comments below if you have experienced this issue, or if Tesla has contacted you to get your Model Y inspected.

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