Tesla Recalls 53k Cars For Parking Brake Problem

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In a statement, Tesla found the parking brakes on Model S and Model X units built between February and October 2016 had a gear from a third-party manufacturer that could break and keep the vehicle from moving.

Tesla issued a voluntary recall Thursday for about 53,000 cars including both Model S sedans and Model X SUVs, according to CNET and an email from the automaker sent to customers.

There have been no accidents or injuries related to the issue, the company said.

A majority of the affected cars and crossovers are in the United States, Tesla said.

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The company announced the recall on its website, noting that a the issue "could prevent the parking brake from releasing".

The Tesla cars will need to have its brakes replaced, a process that should take about 45 minutes. This has no bearing on the vehicles' regular brakes, and Tesla has received no reports of the parking brake system failing to hold a auto in place.

The recall affects Model S and Model X cars built between February 2016 and October 2016. The fix process will take an estimated 45 minutes. The part was sourced from automotive supplier Brembo, Tesla said. But Tesla adds that, is "in order to be cautious" it is acting proactive I replacing the parts to head off any potential issues.

Shares of the USA luxury electric vehicle maker were down almost 1 per cent at $US302.77 in afternoon trading in NY, following its biggest ever recall. We have also determined that only a very small percentage of gears in vehicles built during this period were manufactured improperly.

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