Tesla Recalls Certain Model 3 Vehicles for Suspension Fasteners
Tesla has initiated a recall for certain Model 3 cars manufactured from January 2018 to March 2019 due to a potential issue with the fasteners of the front suspension lateral link. Over time, this may cause the suspension link to detach from the sub-frame, which poses safety concerns. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 422 Model 3s may be affected by this voluntary recall. Customers have reported instances of lateral link separation or unusual noises emanating from the lateral links, prompting Tesla to issue the recall.
Tesla conducted an investigation and found that the production records for torque and angle values were within control limits. However, there was a correlation between certain torque and angle records and customers' complaints about their vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall report states that if the fasteners securing the lateral link to the sub-frame become loose, it could cause abnormal noise from the front suspension that customers may notice.
Tesla has issued a voluntary recall due to a potential problem that has been identified in 25 warranty claims and two field reports. The recall has been initiated as a precautionary measure, and the company has not received any reports of accidents, injuries, or fatalities related to the issue. Tesla will inspect and repair the affected vehicles free of charge. This recall is an extension of a similar action taken in 2021, where almost 2,800 vehicles were affected.