Even the feds are involved.
The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y may be huge sellers with demand as high ever, but neither are without their faults. In fact, both EVs are currently being recalled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in coordination with Tesla has issued a recall for 2,791 combined examples over a suspension problem that has the possibility of the front left lateral link becoming loose from the chassis.
The affected Model 3s were manufactured between 2019 and 2021 and the Model Ys were made from 2020 to 2021. Like with any recall, Tesla will fix the vehicles free of charge. Tesla does not want to take any chances as there have been no known crashes, injuries, or fatalities. Doing nothing was not an option.
According to the NHTSA recall document, "the operator is tasked with securing both fasteners to the correct specification, which are registered in the torque record for the vehicle. In rare circumstances, if the operator made several unsuccessful attempts to torque a fastener to specification, the operator may have subsequently loosened a properly secured fastener. The torque record may not have accounted for the loosening of the fastener."
Tesla says it's already begun sending out email notifications. Owners can also head over to the NHTSA's official website to see if their EV is included in the recall by entering its VIN.
If so, a Tesla technician will do one of two things: either tighten the fastener or completely replace the lateral link. A service visit can be scheduled on the Tesla app. It's very important for affected owners not to ignore this because it involves the vehicle's suspension. Any loose or generally improperly installed components could lead to something serious like a crash. Losing control of the vehicle is certainly a possibility.
It's good to see Tesla is acting fast on this issue and the feds are involved. It's too bad the automaker hasn't been as equally cooperative regarding the ongoing Autopilot investigation.