Tesla recalls more than 40,000 U.S. cars over possible loss of power steering

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  • Tesla is recalling more than 40,000 2017-2021 Model S and Model X vehicles that may experience loss of power steering assist.
  • An October firmware release has caused some vehicles to lose power steering when driving on bumpy roads and potholes.

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Tesla voluntarily withdrawing 40,168 2017-2021 Model S and Model X vehicles that may experience loss of power steering assist, according to a 1 November filing made public Tuesday with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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The recall required a software update that pushed the cars over the air.

An October firmware release caused some vehicles to lose power steering when driving on bumpy roads and potholes. As of the release, an estimated 1% of the recalled vehicles have malfunctions.

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“Reduced or lost power steering assist does not affect steering control, but may require more steering effort from the driver, particularly at low speeds,” the administration said.

The automaker said that 97% of the recalled vehicles as of November 1 have installed a new update that addresses the issue, and no further action is necessary from those owners.

The release said Tesla had identified 314 vehicles as of the first of the month, but the company did not know of any injuries or deaths.

Shares of the automaker closed down more than 2% on Tuesday.

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