A total of 9,537 units are involved.
The past several days have not been the best for certain model years of the Tesla Model S and Model X. Only yesterday we reported that a class action lawsuit had been filed against the EV automaker by some owners alleging the automaker attempted to conceal suspension defects in older versions of these vehicles built between 2013 and 2018.
And now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested for Tesla to issue two recalls, one each for the 2016 Model X and 2020 Model Y, for a total of 9,537 vehicles. The Model X recall is significantly larger, involving 9,136 units.
It turns out the SUV could feature faulty roof trim that was not installed with a primer. The cosmetic roof could potentially detach and fly off while driving, which is quite obviously a serious safety risk for other drivers. Tesla initially became aware of this problem in September and the resulting investigation led to the recall. Fortunately, neither the automaker nor the government safety agency is aware of any crashes or related injuries related to the defect.
Owners are being asked to bring their vehicles to a Tesla service center where a retention test will be conducted to make sure the trim is properly attached. If it fails the test, a fresh coat of primer will be applied. This is quite a big recall for that specific model year because about 25,000 Model Xs were delivered to customers.
As for the Model Y, just 401 units are involved and the problem isn't anywhere near as serious. The automaker discovered some of the vehicles may not have properly tightened bolts that attach the front upper control arm and steering knuckle. The steering knuckle could detach from the control arm if the bolts fail and lead to a loss of steering control. This is clearly a crash risk and Tesla says it is aware of three Model Ys that needed this repair.
Once again, there have been no known related injuries or accidents. The fix is simple: ensure the bolts are properly torqued, and this will also be done free of charge by Tesla.