TELSA has recalled more than 9,000 Model X cars over fears parts of their roofs could fly off while driving.
The company said some 2016 Model X’s have a cosmetic applique on their roofs that are attached with urethane, however it should be secured with primer – which can come unstuck over time and detach from the car.
According to the notice, the recall covers 9,136 Model X vehicles made between Sept. 17, 2015 and July 31, 2016.
In the notice, Tesla said the parts are located at the front of the roof just behind the windshield and at the center of the roof between the upper falcon door roof glass.
However, they estimates only 10 percent of the models have trims that were incorrectly applied.
“While we are not aware of any accident or injuries resulting from this condition, 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 crash,” Tesla said in the recall notice filed last week with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The company claims to have discovered the problem in September when it learned of a “field event” involving a 2016 Model X with missing trim.
Tesla said it will inspect all affected vehicles and apply primer on the applique to those that need it free of charge.
The Silicon Valley automaker said it notified all its stores and service centers about the problem last week and will send letters to owners of the affected cards.
The number of cars in the recall are said to be roughly 11 percent of the 83,922 vehicles that Tesla produced in 2016.
The notice comes about a month after Tesla recalled about 30,000 vehicles in China over potential suspension problems, which the company reportedly claimed were caused by “driver abuse” rather than any defect.
The China State Administration for Market Regulation ordered Tesla to replace the rear linkages of their left and right front suspension and upper linkage of the life and right rear suspension with an improved one for all cars that are part of the recall at no cost to the owners.
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