Tesla remembers practically 50,000 S and X fashions in China as a result of defective suspension


A Tesla Model S (L) and Model X will be on display at a Hong Kong mall on March 10, 2019.

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Tesla is recalling 48,442 of its Model S and Model X electric vehicles, made in the United States and sold to customers in China, because of potentially faulty and unsafe front and rear suspensions.

The Chinese state administration for market regulation announced the recall on Thursday evening.

Tesla's share price fell nearly 2% on Friday.

China's auto industry news website Gasgoo reported that the recall affects 29,193 imported Model Ss and Model Xs manufactured between September 17, 2013 and August 16, 2017, and 19,249 imported Model Ss manufactured between September 17, 2013 Manufactured September 15, 2013 and September 17, 2013 October 15, 2018. Cars were manufactured at Tesla's vehicle assembly plant in Fremont, California.

The U.S. vehicle safety agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, hasn't said whether a similar recall might be needed in the U.S.

The Chinese agency has ordered Tesla to replace the rear left and right front suspension pushrods and the upper left and right rear suspension pushrods with improved pushrods for all vehicles that are part of the recall, free of charge to owners.

In 2016, Tesla CEO Elon Musk defended himself against similar complaints about potentially unsafe or faulty Model S suspensions in the United States.

At the time, Musk stated on Twitter and in a company blog post that NHTSA "has not identified any safety concerns about the Model S chassis and does not require any further data from us on the matter." He also alleged that complaints about suspension problems at NHTSA were fabricated.

Tesla and NHTSA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In China, this is Tesla's fourth recall of cars exported from the United States. Previous recalls in China concerned replacing defective Takata airbags and fixing or preventing steering problems.

Tesla's Made in China Model 3 Electric Sedan is the best-selling battery electric model in China this year. The China Passenger Car Association reports that Tesla sold 79,908 units of the China-made Model 3 sedan in the first nine months of 2020.

Tesla recently started exporting some of these China-made 3 models to Europe.


Katherine Clark