Tesla recalls 53,000 vehicles over brake problems

Conor Coyle Sharecast | 21 Apr, 2017 13:04 | | |

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US carmaker Tesla Motors has recalled 53,000 of its Model S and Model X vehicles after it found issues related to the cars’ braking systems.

Elon Musk's innovative car firm has said the decision was made on a voluntary basis and there was no reports of any accidents or injuries caused by the defect.

In a statement released by the company, it said that only around 2% of the recalled vehicles were known to be affected by the brake issue.

Elon Musk's innovative car firm has said the decision was made on a voluntary basis

"Tesla recently discovered a potential manufacturing issue with the electric parking brakes installed on certain Model S and Model X vehicles that could prevent the parking brake from releasing," the statement said.

"While less than 5% of the vehicles being recalled may be affected by this issue, we are recalling 53,000 vehicles total out of an abundance of caution," Tesla added. "Because of the design of the gear, it is difficult to tell exactly which vehicles are affected."

Tesla manufactured around 84,000 vehicles in the last year, with the 53,000 being recalled representing a significant majority of those. The company has said that the recall will include a routine replacement of the brake system.

"We are working closely with our supplier to obtain replacement parts. We are able to begin replacing parts immediately and will have sufficient parts for all affected vehicles by October 2017."

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