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Blog NHTSA Announces Model X Recall for Adhesive Defect

Tesla has issued a recall for Model X vehicles produced between September 17, 2015 and July 31, 2016. The recall applies to 9,136 vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the recall Wednesday, citing a defect with an adhesive on some parts.

According to the safety recall report:

“The Model X is equipped with a cosmetic applique at the front of the roof just behind the windshield, known as the front applique, as well as an applique at the center of the roof in between the upper falcon door roof glass, known as the spine applique. Both appliques are adhered to the vehicle using urethane. If the applique-to-urethane interface lacks primer, then, over time, the adhesion may weaken, causing the applique to separate from the vehicle.”

The report said the agency is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the issue. However, “if the applique separates from the vehicle while in drive, it could create a road hazard for following motorists and increase their risk of injury or a crash.”

The report also included Tesla’s remedy for the issue. Tesla Service will inspect affected vehicles and apply a retention test on the appliques. If the appliques pass the retention test, then they have sufficient primer and no further action is necessary. If either applique fails the retention test, then Service will apply primer at the urethane-toapplique interface to remedy the condition.

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