American electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla will recall more than 10,000 Model X and Model Y cars due to the identified defects in the fastening of roof fragments and the threat of a rudder failure. Tesla has promised to fix the defects for free.
China's State Market Regulatory Administration (SAMR) announced that the company is recalling 870 Model X vehicles produced between March 16 and July 31, 2016 in China due to the threat of a tearing off the outer roof section located between the lift-off rear doors. Roof pieces flying off when driving can be dangerous to other road users, especially motorcyclists, the regulator explained.
Earlier this week, Tesla announced the recall of 9,136 Model X vehicles built between September 2015 and July 2016 due to a similar issue.
In addition, the automaker announced that it would recall 401 Model Ys produced in 2020 due to another problem: there, during assembly, the bolts in the steering mechanism may not have been tightened sufficiently. Such a defect can lead to a steering failure and, accordingly, an accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States.
Previously It was reported that Consumer Reports, a non-profit organization US Monthly magazine, ranked Tesla's Model Y flagship SUV 25th out of 26 ranked brands. Only Lincoln performed worse.