Hopefully this isn't a sign the Tesla Model 3 will have shoddy build quality.
The Tesla Model X isn't renowned for its build quality - owners of the electric SUV must be used to manufacturer safety recalls by now. Previous recalls were issued to resolve unsafe seat backs and faulty gullwing doors stubbornly refusing to open or close. Now, the automaker has issued another recall affecting 53,000 Model X and Model S EVs after discovering a potential manufacturing issue with the parking brake. Specifically, Tesla says that a small gear in the parking brake may have been manufactured improperly by third-party supplier Brembo.
The issue affects vehicles built between February and October 2016. Should the gear break, then the parking brake would still prevent the car from moving, but it would then be stuck in this position. No injuries have been reported as a direct result of the issue, but owners of affected vehicles are being contacted via email and traditional mail and advised to take their car for a voluntary parking brake service to get it replaced. "We do not believe this issue could ever lead to a safety concern for our customers, and we have not seen a single accident or injury relating to it," Tesla said in a statement on its website.
"However, in order to be overly cautious, we are going to be proactively replacing these parts to ensure that no issues arise." In reality, however, Tesla believes that less than five percent of recalled vehicles are affected by the issue. Affected vehicles will be fixed for free, but it could take a long time to resolve as Tesla says it may not have all the necessary replacement parts until October. Despite the issue, Tesla will continue to work with Brembo. Let's hope this isn't a sign that the Tesla Model 3 will suffer from similar build quality issues when it enters mass production this year.