Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Tesla Model S, Model X Recalled for Electric Parking Brake Issue

Tesla Model S, Model X Recalled for Electric Parking Brake Issue

Vehicles assembled between February and October a year ago contain a small gear that could have been manufactured improperly by Tesla's supplier, according to a statement on the electric-car maker's website. The company says that less than 5 percent cars are likely to actually have been affected by the problem however, considering the extreme difficulty in testing each individual vehicle, it decided that a recall was actually the best option. The part is manufactured by third-party supplier Brembo.

The American automaker has announced a voluntary recall for its Model S and Model X vehicles after discovering with their electric parking brake.

Tesla estimates that it will have replacement parts for every recalled vehicle by October.

Tesla said that there had been no accidents or injuries due to the issue. Tesla said owners of these cars can still safely drive their vehicles. Although 53,000 vehicles are being recalled, the company said it believes five percent, and as low as two percent, of the vehicles are actually affected by the faulty gear.

If that gear were to break, the parking brake could become stuck in place, the company said. The fix should take about 45 minutes. But Tesla adds that, is "in order to be cautious" it is acting proactive I replacing the parts to head off any potential issues.

Shares of the U.S. luxury electric auto maker dropped 1.3 per cent in afternoon trading on Thursday. We have also determined that only a very small percentage of gears in vehicles built during this period were manufactured improperly.

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