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Tesla Recalls 2,822 Cars for Suspension Issue

Tesla has issued a recall impacting 2,822 cars.

In a note to owners, Tesla said it has decided to “proactively recall certain Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to inspect the bolts that secure the lateral link in the front suspension.”

The company said the recall applies to certain Model 3 vehicles built between January 2019 and April 2021 and certain Model Y vehicles built between March 2020 and June 2021.

“On certain vehicles, the lateral link bolts may not have been secured to the correct specifications,” Tesla said in a note to owners. “This could cause the fasteners to loosen over time, which could cause the lateral link to separate from the sub-frame. If the fasteners become loose, you may detect abnormal noise from the front suspension. We are not aware of any crashes or injuries relating to this condition.”

In a filing with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Tesla said that there were instances on the assembly line where the fastener was not torqued to specification. The fix is fairly simple. Tesla mechanics will torque the fasteners tighter if loose and replace in the event they missing entirely.

racerx2005

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You can check your VIN here
Thanks for the link. No recalls for my MYP.

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danarcha

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During this time Tesla would have built over 300,000 vehicles. How do they know which 2800 cars didn't get these bolts tightened correctly? I'm happy my car isn't listed in the recal, but I'm not sure how they are able to determine exactly which cars are affected.
 

canada

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During this time Tesla would have built over 300,000 vehicles. How do they know which 2800 cars didn't get these bolts tightened correctly? I'm happy my car isn't listed in the recal, but I'm not sure how they are able to determine exactly which cars are affected.
i guess they have software to document all the building details
 

vickh

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During this time Tesla would have built over 300,000 vehicles. How do they know which 2800 cars didn't get these bolts tightened correctly? I'm happy my car isn't listed in the recal, but I'm not sure how they are able to determine exactly which cars are affected.

can we have service check these if no recall? Hopefully mobile
 

jjgg

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During this time Tesla would have built over 300,000 vehicles. How do they know which 2800 cars didn't get these bolts tightened correctly? I'm happy my car isn't listed in the recal, but I'm not sure how they are able to determine exactly which cars are affected.
Maybe Tesla can trace the problem down to a mis-calibrated equipment or a particular assembly line work, and there is record for what VINs are built by the given equipment/worker?
 
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DogtownTX

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My car definitely has something loose in the front suspension that’s been getting worse over time, taking it in Friday, but it’s not showing as part of this recall.

Started as an audible ‘thunk’ that could also be felt in drivers side floorpan when turning up an incline. Now this happens when just turning, anytime, at low speeds.
 

maus92

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My car definitely has something loose in the front suspension that’s been getting worse over time, taking it in Friday, but it’s not showing as part of this recall.

Started as an audible ‘thunk’ that could also be felt in drivers side floorpan when turning up an incline. Now this happens when just turning, anytime, at low speeds.
Take it in for at least an inspection - you don't want a suspension component to fail while driving.
 

maus92

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I just had my recall completed yesterday. The service ticket states "Correction Replace LH and RH Front Lower Lateral Links ." The SA said that the robots were miscalibrated at some point and suspension parts were installed with improper torque values.
 
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Moeshorzon

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I got the notification this morning. But oddly enough I picked up my car less than 2 weeks ago after a 3 week delay where they had to fix something with the suspension. I reached out if it is the same thing but they are saying this is different. If true it’s pretty ridiculous that they couldn’t do this while my car was there. I find it hard to believe that they didn’t know about this while they had my car.

On a related note has anyone who got the email checked their VIN on the Tesla recall site? Does this recall show up? I got the email but Mine is not there…yet.
 

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