Electric vehicle maker Tesla has issued a recall warrant for more than 2,800 of its vehicles because of a problem with their front suspension bolts that could come loose and cause a dangerous loss of vehicle stability.
The company’s recall affects Model 3 vehicles from model years 2019, 2020 and 2021 and Model Y vehicles from model year 2021. Slightly more than 2,800 cars are being recalled.
In its report to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tesla stated that its quality team discovered 39 service repairs during the production of the Model 3 and Model Y. During the repairs, one or both of the front suspension side link attachments were loose or missing. The automaker confirmed that an assembly worker tried unsuccessfully to tighten the bolts too often, which could cause them to loosen.
After determining the cause of the loosened screws, Tesla decided on October 18, 2021 to initiate a recall. The company warned in its report that drivers will hear an “abnormal noise” from the front of their vehicle if the fasteners come loose.
Tesla will send letters with instructions on how to repair the cars to all registered owners of the affected vehicles. Owners of the affected cars must make an appointment with a Tesla service facility where a technician will check the fasteners and tighten or replace them if necessary.