Tesla is recalling 15,000 Model Xs because of a power-steering issue

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The Tesla Model X. Tesla

Tesla is recalling most of the Model X SUVs it built before October 2016 because of an issue with their power steering, the electric-car maker said on its website.

The recall will affect 15,000 vehicles, Reuters reported.

Tesla issued the recall after noticing “excessive corrosion” on bolts that connect the Model X’s power-steering component to its steering gear, particularly in cold environments where a certain kind of road salt is used.

Tesla will fix the issue for free, the company said, though Model X owners do not need to immediately bring in their vehicles for service. The issue could result in a vehicle losing its power-steering-assist function, which would make it more difficult to turn the steering wheel but not make it unusable.

Tesla recalled its Model S sedan in 2018 for the same issue. The company’s website lists four other recalls.

The Model X is Tesla’s most expensive vehicle, starting at $US84,990. It is known for its distinctive falcon-wing doors, which open vertically.

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