Tesla Cybertruck gets recalls over wiper and trim issues

Tesla has issued two new recalls for the Cybertruck, both of which won’t be able to be fixed with an over-the-air (OTA) update and will require a physical service visit. The two recalls affect over 11,000 Cybertrucks, again giving us a watermark for how many the automaker has built since production began late last year.

Wiper Recall

The first recall has to do with the massive windshield wiper. Drive Tesla reported last week that Cybertruck deliveries had been halted due to issues with the motor that powers the wiper that could result in it not working. According to information shared with us, deliveries were on pause until a new wiper motor was available, suggesting a recall could be issued for the problem.

On Tuesday, Tesla did just that, saying in recall documents posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website that “excessive electrical current can cause the front windshield wiper motor controller to fail.” Tesla will replace the motor free of charge on all Cybertrucks built between November 13, 2023 and June 6, 2024, which amounts to 11,688 vehicles. However, Tesla believes only 2% of those actually have the defect.

Trim Recall

Separately, Tesla also issued a recall over concerns certain trim pieces may come loose on the Cybertruck. Over the last few months multiple owners have reported the trim surrounding the Cybertruck’s bed, or Cybervault, have come detached while driving, and today Tesla confirmed the issue.

According to the recall documents, Tesla actually became aware of the issue in December 2023, before the majority of deliveries began, after a Cybertruck arrived at a Delivery Center missing the trim. It wasn’t until May 2024 when they became aware of a second instance, prompting them to investigate further and ultimately issue the recall.

Tesla says it will “replace or rework” cosmetic applique along the exterior of the trunk bed trim, known as the sail applique” to ensure “sufficient adhesion between the applique and the vehicle’s deck rail.”

You can read the full recall documents from the NHTSA below.

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