Tesla Recalls Model 3, Model Y Cars Over Potential Manufacturing Mistakes: Report

Tesla issued a voluntary recall on some Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built over the last three years due to a brake issue. The company emailed customers who bought models believed to have been affected and informed them they could schedule an appointment.

The email noted that the inspection, as well as any needed service and repairs, would be done free of charge. The message also stated: "We are not aware of any crashes or injuries relating to this condition."

Electrek, a website that covers electric transportation and sustainable energy, first broke news of the recall after some owners posted about the emails they received on social media.

Tesla issues voluntary recall on some Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to inspect brake caliper bolts https://t.co/bb9NYhF8is by @fredericlambert

— Electrek.Co (@ElectrekCo) May 28, 2021

The recall applies to Model 3 vehicles built between December 2018 and March 2021 and Model Y vehicles built between January 2020 and January 2021. The Elon Musk-owned company did not indicate how many of the vehicles might have the brake issue.

The email stated that the problem with the models in question is that brake caliper bolts may not have been secured properly. The email included this explanation of why the caliper issue could be problematic: "On certain vehicles, the brake caliper bolts may not have been secured to the correct specification. If one or more of these bolts are not secured to the correct specification, the bolt(s) may loosen over time and, in very rare circumstances, may become loose enough or separate such that the brake caliper contacts the inner surface of the wheel rim. In such rare circumstances, abnormal noise may occur, and the wheel may be prevented from freely rotating, which could cause tire pressure loss."

Tesla's Model 3 is a mid-sized, four-door sedan that's been part of the electric car company's line since 2017. The Model Y is Tesla's first electric compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV), and it began production in January of 2020.

This Twitter account shows a copy of an email reportedly received from the company about the recall.

Brake Caliper Brake Bolt Inspection needed on some Model 3's Built Dec 2018 to March 2021 & Y's Jan 2020 & Jan 2021 . My car got recall message last night . I Noticed My brakes squeak real bad only in reverse so maybe this is why . I am now scheduled for inspection next Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/ZbBXDdK78L

— strive (@strive98933134) May 28, 2021

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) had not included information about the recall on its website as of press time. The agency also did not respond to a message from Newsweek about the recall in time for publication.

The last major recall issued by Tesla happened in February, when the company announced one for 135,000 vehicles to replace infotainment system processors. Involved in that recall were 2016-2018 Model X SUVs and 2012-2018 Model S sedans.

Tesla made that move following a formal request from the NHTSA to issue a recall due to the potential of the infotainment system processors wearing out and causing a failure in the some of the functions in the center screen.

Newsweek contacted Tesla about the voluntary recall but did not hear back by publication time.

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Tesla issued a voluntary recall on some Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built over the last three years due to a brake issue. Above, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces the then-new Tesla Model Y (R) in Hawthorne, California, on March 14, 2019. Getty