Tesla is issuing a recall on near to 30,000 Design S and Model X vehicles made for the China market, with the bulk of those designs already exported to the country, over a problem with its suspension.
Chinas State Administration for Market Regulation made the announcement earlier today.
The federal government says that it impacts 29,193 cars produced by Tesla:
However according to the report, theres likewise a similar issue with the rear suspension, and some lorries in the recall are impacted by both.
The issue with the rear suspension is described (translated from Chinese):.
When some lorries within the scope of this recall undergo a large external impact, the ball studs of the rear linking rod of the front suspension will have a preliminary crack. When the lorry continues to be used, the crack may trigger the ball and extend stud to break. In extreme cases, the ball-end cone seat might come out of the guiding knuckle, impacting the control of the lorry, increasing the risk of mishaps, and posturing safety threats.
When some lorries within the scope of this recall are subjected to a large external effect, the ball studs of the rear linking rod of the front suspension will have an initial crack. In severe cases, the ball-end cone seat might come out of the guiding knuckle, impacting the control of the automobile, increasing the danger of accidents, and positioning security hazards.
The problem is being explained as a weak point in the Model S and Model X suspension that can result in a cracked linkage after an impact.
Here Tesla explains the issue with the front suspension (translated from Chinese):.
When some automobiles within the scope of this recall go through a big external impact, the upper linking rod of the rear suspension might be deformed. When the lorry is continued to be used, the part will be more compromised. In severe cases, it might impact the control and break of the car. Increase the risk of accidents, and there are possible security threats.
According to the recall, Tesla is going to have to change the “front suspension rear link and the rear suspension upper link” for totally free for the afflicted owners.
Tesla Beijing is going to notify all affected owners that they can still drive their lorries, although thoroughly, until they have altered the parts.
These Model S and Model X cars were developed in the US, and I am quite sure Tesla uses the same suspension for all Model S and Model X cars and trucks, despite whether they would be exported to China.
For that reason, I would believe that if Model S and Model X automobiles exported to China are being recalled, Tesla would also need to remember all other Model S and Model X vehicles built throughout this period.
Interestingly, NHTSA did investigate a really similarly described alleged flaw in the Model S suspension in 2016, but the government agency identified that there was no flaw at the time.
Now it definitely raises an eyebrow following this news out of China.
The entire thing is kind of unusual given that they say that the issue just occurs after “a large external impact.”.
Suspension systems do tend to break after “big effect.” That makes it sound barely like a problem. The fact that they are only recalling cars up to 2017 makes it appears that Tesla did alter some parts in the suspension that do repair the issue, and for that reason, it indicates that there was indeed a weak point in the suspension prior to this upgrade.
In any case, we will follow any development on that front to see if it causes other Model S and Model X recall.
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Part of the imported Model S and Model X automobiles with a production date between September 17, 2013 and August 16, 2017 will be remembered, an overall of 29,193 vehicles.
When some automobiles within the scope of this recall are subjected to a large external impact, the upper linking rod of the rear suspension may be deformed. In severe cases, it may impact the control and break of the car. The reality that they are just recalling automobiles up to 2017 makes it seems that Tesla did change some parts in the suspension that do fix the problem, and therefore, it indicates that there was undoubtedly a weakness in the suspension prior to this upgrade.