On December 3, the State Administration for Market Regulation issued a notice saying that Tesla (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. filed its recall plan with the State Administration for Market Regulation in accordance with the Regulations on The Management of Defective Automobile Product Recall and the Implementation Measures of the Regulations on the Management of Defective Automobile Product Recall. A total of 21,599 domestic Model Y electric vehicles produced between February 4 and October 30, 2021 will be recalled from today.
It is reported that some vehicles involved in the call, due to the supplier manufacturing reasons, there may be front and rear steering knuckle strength does not meet the design requirements. In the process of vehicle use, the steering knuckle may be deformed or broken, and the suspension link may fall out from the steering knuckle under extreme stress, affecting vehicle driving and control, increasing the risk of collision accidents, and there are hidden safety hazards.
Tesla will inspect the front and rear steering knuckles of the recalled vehicles free of charge and replace them if they don't meet the required strength, Time Money has learned.
"Users should drive their vehicles carefully before they are recalled for repair, and contact The Tesla service center for repair as soon as possible after the recall is implemented," the notice said.
Domestically produced Tesla Model Y
Notably, tesla Model Y models sold in the U.S. have suffered a similar recall. At the end of November, The NATIONAL Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tesla plans to recall 826 Model Y vehicles from the 2020-2022 Model YEAR, citing "possible rupture of the front and rear suspension steering knuckles, which could lead to suspension link separation."
In addition to the reasons mentioned above, according to incomplete statistics, Tesla has launched a total of five recalls in the Chinese market this year, involving problems such as eMMC multimedia memory cards and falling screws/bolts.
Among them, on February 5 this year, Tesla recalled 36,126 Model S/Model X vehicles in China, because the eMMC hardware storage unit of some vehicles may be exhausted, which will lead to the failure of central display software function, and indirectly affect reversing image, lighting control and other functions. On June 3, 734 imported Model 3s were recalled due to the risk that the fixing screw of the D-ring on the top of the front seat belt could fall off, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant in a crash, and that the brake caliper bolt could become loose, posing a safety hazard. On June 26, a total of 285,520 imported and domestic Model 3 and Model Y cars were recalled, because the active cruise control system of the vehicles has problems, which may cause drivers to mistakenly activate the active cruise function in some cases, and may lead to vehicle collisions in extreme cases, resulting in potential safety hazards. On Nov. 5, another 91 imported Model 3s were recalled because the front subframe assembly bolts could become loose or fall out of the subframe, which could eventually cause the front suspension transverse link to fall out of the subframe, posing a safety hazard.
Tesla has been going from strength to strength in China this year. Tesla sold 54,391 vehicles wholesale in China in October, among which Model Ysold 13,303 units domestically in October, ranking first in the sales volume of high-end SUVs, according to data from the Passenger Association.
However, due to the rising cost of raw materials, new energy subsidies and other factors, Tesla has launched several rounds of price adjustment. At the end of October, Tesla raised prices in the US three times in one month, mainly for Model 3 and Model Y models. In The Chinese market, according to the Official website of Tesla China on November 19, the price of the rear-wheel drive version of the Model 3 in China was raised by 15,000 yuan to 250,900 yuan. In the following week, the price was raised by 4,752 yuan again, and the 100km acceleration decreased from 5.6 seconds to 6.1 seconds.