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Tesla Issues Recall for 422 US Model 3 Vehicles over Suspension Issue

Tesla recalls 422 Model 3 vehicles in the United States due to a potential front suspension lateral link fasteners issue. The fasteners may loosen, prompting the automaker to take action.

Vehicle in the production chain at the Tesla factory
Vehicle in the production chain at the Tesla factory

Corrective Measures to Address Suspension Problem

To resolve this issue, Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) plans to tighten or replace the lateral link fasteners in affected 2018 and 2019 model-year vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned that a lateral link separation could lead to wheel alignment shifts, increased instability, and a higher risk of crashes.

Since January 2019, Tesla has received 25 warranty claims and two field reports potentially related to this recall. However, no reports of crashes or injuries have been recorded so far.

Expansion of 2021 Recall for Similar Issue

This latest recall is an expansion of a previous recall in 2021 that covered approximately 2,800 Model 3 vehicles from the 2019-2021 model years and 2020-2021 Tesla Model Y vehicles. The initial recall was prompted by 39 service repairs involving loose or missing front suspension lateral link fasteners.