Recently, Tesla recalled an estimated 40,168 2017-2021 Model S and Model X vehicles for a power steering issue. Specifically, the electronic power assist steering (EPAS) system may experience a loss of power steering assist when driving on rough roads or after hitting a pothole.
This scenario can require greater steering effort on the part of the driver, especially at low speeds, increasing the likelihood of a collision.
To fix the problem, an over-the-air (OTA) software update to recalibrate the EPAS system, free of charge.
Owner notification letters will be mailed Dec. 31. Owners may contact Tesla customer service at (877) 798-3752. Tesla's reference number for this recall is SB-22-00-014.
More than 50 million vehicles in the United States have unrepaired safety recalls, according to the National Safety Council. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges all vehicle owners — including fleet operators — to follow any interim safety guidance provided by the manufacturer and contact your local dealership to fix the recalled part for free.