Tesla to recall 53000 cars over parking brake issue

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Tesla Inc TSLA.O said on Thursday it will recall 53,000 of its Model S and Model X cars globally for a parking brake issue, according to a statement on its website.

Even though it's only a year old, the Tesla Model X actually has the highest complaint rate of all the models we studied that are now in production, at 27.9 complaints per 1,000 cars. The company has said that the recall will include a routine replacement of the brake system.

Incidentally, the recall is in respect of both Model S and Model X. The electric vehicle maker produced about 83,992 vehicles in 2016.

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Tesla will file the recall with the NHTSA, and the Silicon Valley carmaker says it expect to have received all necessary fix parts by October. If that gear were to break, the parking brake could become stuck in place, the automaker said. Supercharger by the American vehicle company will allow an owner of the Model S 90D - the manufacturer's first EV model to hit the Korean market this year - to charge the vehicle's battery up to 50 percent in 20 minutes.

The recall process is starting now, and Tesla says it expects it to be completed by October if all 53,000 vehicles are returned for inspection. It is asking them to return the cars so that the braking part can be replaced. Tesla said there has been no reports of the parking brake system failing but made a decision to proactively change the parts.

Jonathan McNeill, president of global sales and services at Tesla, announced the plans during his visit to Seoul on April 19. A spokeswoman from the supplier told AFR in an email that it is now working with Tesla to resolve the issue. That recall, which did not result in any injuries or property damage, was reported by Bloombeg in December 2016.

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"However, in order to be overly cautious, we are going to be proactively replacing these parts to ensure that no issues arise", the company said. Tesla, in the past, has also recalled 2,700 Model X units due to the problems in third-row seats.

There are now two Tesla showrooms in Korea.

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