The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Tesla Model S Sedans Recalled for Power Steering Component

March 30, 2018

Photo of Model S courtesy of Tesla.
Photo of Model S courtesy of Tesla.

Tesla Motors is recalling an estimated 123,000 Model S vehicles built before April 2016 because the bolts in the power steering component may be corroded and could possibly fail. In the event the bolts fail, the driver would still be able to steer the car but would be required to use "excessive force," leading to an increased risk of injury.

To fix the problem, Tesla will inform Model S owners when a retrofit is ready in their area, and schedule an appointment to install it. According to the company, retrofits typically take an hour to install.

This recall appears to be the largest in Tesla's history. In an email sent to customers, Tesla said there have not been any accidents or injuries due to the bolt issue. The company also wrote that the bolt problem, "primarily makes the car harder to drive at low speeds and for parallel parking, but does not materially affect control at high speed, where only small steering wheel force is needed."

Vehicle owners can reach Tesla customer service at (844) 248-3752.

Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Sponsored by

The term used in some European countries, e.g., Spain, for closed end leases, which ordinarily include the lessor assuming responsibility for maintenance and tire costs in addition to residual value risk.

Read more

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher