Tesla Recalls 123,000 Model S For Corroded Steering Wheel Bolt Issue

MAR 30 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 28

The issue is especially prevalent in colder climates where road salt applications lead to accelerated corrosion.

Tesla is recalling 123,000 Model S manufactured on or before April 2016 to rectify an issue of corroded steering wheel bolts that could lead to steering difficulties.

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The automaker says that this voluntary recall only impacts the Model S.

According to Tesla, there “have been no injuries or accidents due to this component, despite accumulating more than a billion miles of driving.”

The root cause of the issue is apparently salt, but Tesla will remedy the potential problem on all 123,000 vehicles, even if not subjected to these corrosive conditions.

The automaker states this in an email it’s sending to affected Model S owners:

“We have observed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts, though only in very cold climates, particularly those that frequently use calcium or magnesium road salts, rather than sodium chloride (table salt). Nonetheless, Tesla plans to replace all early Model S power steering bolts in all climates worldwide to account for the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment.”

“If the bolts fail, the driver is still able to steer the car, but increased force is required due to loss or reduction of power assist. This primarily makes the car harder to drive at low speeds and for parallel parking, but does not materially affect control at high speed, where only small steering wheel force is needed.”

As always, affected vehicles will be fixed at no charge.

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28 Comments on "Tesla Recalls 123,000 Model S For Corroded Steering Wheel Bolt Issue"

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Really salt,, who didnt know that. How about designing and testing your designs instead of putting out crappy cars

Elon doesn’t have time to do proper road testing when he’s trying to save the world! Or some crap like that.

So @bro1999… You still enjoying charging your Bolt at at Tesla Destination Chargers for those occasional long distance trips?

Good thing troll1999’s crap doesn’t stink. Oh wait….ROFLOL!

GM warns some Bolt EV owners that they are recalling battery packs that can shut down.

What was that bro?

You mean like the battery packs that GM had to recall for the Bolt?

The bolts was probably not according to specs, so the supplier will have to pay for most of the recall costs.

Its faulty units supplied by Jaguar Land Rover, who themselves used bolts from a third party which appear to have been defectively manufactured rather than specified.

JLR have recalled vehicles as well.

My understanding is the faulty unit is supplied by Bosch and was also used Jaguar/Land Rover. JLR did a recall for the same problem nearly two years ago. Why did Tesla delay its recall?

The timing of Tesla’s announcement (after the stock market closed for a long weekend) makes it all the more suspicious.

That makes it worse. The aftermarket will tank the stock and when they open the tesla stock will collapse . Unless Elon say some bs for his space x or boring company then it will take the whole week to get back

WillTroll is becoming the biggest joke Chicken Little I have ever seen here.

He didn’t even do the basic research on the story that tells us that it was a faulty Bosch supplied component and Bosch is picking up the costs of replacements.

None of these bolts have failed yet but out of caution they are proactively replacing them which is how things should work in a recall.

Yes WillTroll, Tesla is doomed, doomed (sarc).

Hopefully this Breitbart loser has put everything he owns into shorting Tesla.

Luckily, Elon had a successful Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg this morning to save TSLA from disaster.

This is not a big deal. Auto recalls are very common – and many are silent recalls.

There may be areas where Tesla deserves criticism or added scrutiny, but this is not one of them.

Agreed – except this could not have come at a worse time after the fiery Model X crash, the tanking stock price due to lagging production and much hoopla.

On its own it wouldn’t be a big deal, but the timing is pretty bad for Tesla. Could be worse though. If it had happened just before they make their next bond offering, now that would be a big deal. LOL!
Tesla will survive this and the slow ramp up of the M3, but it is going to be a pear shaped progression of events.

And also in car news:

“BMW also recalled every 2014-2018 BMW i3 electric car.”

source: The biggest and noteworthy auto recalls of 2017: https://www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/big-and-noteworthy-auto-recalls-of-2017/

You forgot that the Model T had a recall as well.

Seriously though this isn’t a big deal and it’s nice they are proactI ely fixing the problem.

BMW can take the news and wont affect it that much but not Tesla

Tesla just can’t help itself.

“According to Tesla, there “have been no injuries or accidents due to this component, despite accumulating more than a billion miles of driving.””

The statement would have been fine ending with “no injuries due this component”, but of course Tesla has to make absolutely certain the narrative ends with typical defensive Tesla spin, adding the “despite accumulating more than a billion miles of driving” line.

I mean really? It’s like that friend that starts a fight, then apologizes, but then goes “But you were in the wrong too! Right?? Not just me!”. *facepalm*

Also, it’s definitely not a coincidence Tesla announced this recall late Thursday night after the markets had closed for the weekend. Making every effort to dampen the blow to its tanking stock price before the markets open back up.

The recall itself is not a big deal. The biggest impact will probably be the extra load on the service centers which are already struggling with Model 3 deliveries and repairs.

I suspect Tesla is trying have what appears to be a deliberate recall delay slip under the radar.

The problem was identified by Jaguar (and Bosch) in 2016 and a recall was announced in May. It would have been an inconvenince time for a Tesla recall because it would have delayed Model S deliveries while Tesla was still struggling with the Model X ramp.

What is no coincidence is that serial anti-Tesla troll mental MadBro is starting another carpet-bombing run on this newest Tesla thread.

Will you get into double digits again loser?

Troll1999 as always can’t help himself. He does need some help spinning nothing into something though, this is just pathetic to the point of….ROFLOL!

There is potentially much worse news for Tesla than these rust prone-bolts. The family and friends of the deceased Tesla Model X owner who crashed into the highway barrier the other day are saying that before the accident the deceased Tesla owner had complained that Tesla’s AutoPilot had swerved toward that exact same barrier 7-10 TIMES, and he even took his Model X to a Tesla Service Center to try to fix the problem. “Walter Huang’s family tells Dan Noyes he took his Tesla to the dealer, complaining that — on multiple occasions — the auto-pilot veered toward that same barrier — the one his Model X hit on Friday when he died.” “[Walter Huang’s brother, Will] also makes a startling claim — that before the crash, Walter complained ‘7-10 times the car would swivel toward that same exact barrier during auto-pilot. Walter took it into dealership addressing the issue, but they couldn’t duplicate it there.'” This past November, the deceased got a job at Apple as a software engineer and bought his new Tesla Model X. He was on his way to work at the time of the fatal accident. http://abc7news.com/automotive/i-team-exclusive-victim-who-died-in-tesla-crash-had-complained-about-auto-pilot/3275600/ It was also reported that the crash attenuator… Read more »

Im sorry for Haungs family loss but if that crap happen to me the second time then im not using autopilot and getting an other car. People trust technology way too much that they risk.thier lives

If the ABC7News story is accurate, it suggests to me that Walter Huang did NOT trust the technology “way too much”. To the contrary, he would have been fully aware of this issue, and would likely have been extra careful around that particular gore area with AP enabled.

IMO, If he let his guard down and trusted AP at that point, it would have only been because he had concluded that Tesla had successfully resolved the issue – perhaps through a recent OTA update.

Why did he keep using autopilot in that area if he knew it was prone to swerving toward the barrier. Moreover, if he were using AP at the time, and knew it was prone to swerve toward the barrier, why did he not take control of the vehicle immediately when it start to swerve?

It does not add up.

It sounds like the opening volley of a wrongful death settlement.