Tesla Model Y Recall: Some EVs Have Faulty Suspension


American electric automaker Tesla has initiated a recall of select Model Y crossover vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association announced the action on Thursday, warning Tesla drivers to keep their eyes out for a suspension issue that could affect their vehicles.

Read on for more information about this new recall notice.

Reason for the Recall

Tesla initiated the recall because just over 800 Model Y vehicles were manufactured with improper suspension components. The affected crossovers have suspension knuckles that aren’t up to safety standards. The knuckles in question function as links between the front and rear suspension of the Model Y’s drivetrain.

According to Tesla, one of the cooling tanks wasn’t full while the knuckles were being manufactured. This lack of coolant resulted in the metal links not getting fully cooled off after they were shaped. As a result, the affected components are far weaker than they should be.

What Could Happen?

If a weakened suspension knuckle broke apart during the operation of a Model Y vehicle, the results would be dangerous to the driver and surrounding traffic. When this happens, the front suspension links can pull apart, leading to an increased risk of a crash. Such a hardware failure is most likely to occur while moving at high speeds or taking sharp turns.

Model Y drivers are encouraged to exercise caution until they know whether their vehicles are included under the recall. If the knuckle fractures at lower speeds, drivers might notice unusual noises from the drivetrain or difficulty handling turns. It’s unclear why so few Model Ys are included in the notice when it includes crossovers from the 2020 through 2022 model years.

What To Do If Your Car Is Recalled

If Tesla notifies you of a recall on your car, it will forward instructions for securing a free repair or replacement part. In the meantime, Model Y owners are encouraged to drive carefully, especially at higher speeds and around tight corners. Users can schedule service appointments through the official Tesla app. Notably, this isn’t the first time Tesla has issued vehicle recalls regarding suspension issues. The company sent the previous notice in October.

The electric automaker notified customers then that nearly 2,800 Model X and Model Y vehicles have a faulty front lateral link in their suspensions. Tesla stated that it was unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue and sent the recall notice out of an abundance of caution.