Tesla Acts on Potential Model Y Steering Fault for Possibly 137 Cars

In the midst of rising concerns over a possible manufacturing defect, Tesla has announced a voluntary safety recall of its 2022-2023 Model Y vehicles. The recall notice was submitted on May 30, 2023.

Affecting around 137 Model Y vehicles made between June 23, 2022, and May 1, 2023, the concern revolves around a potential steering wheel fastener issue, that is estimated to affect 10% of these cars. According to Tesla’s records, these vehicles may contain a fastener that may not have been properly torqued during manufacturing, which could potentially lead to the steering wheel disconnecting from the steering column.

While no instances of complete steering wheel detachment have been reported, the company recognizes that an improperly torqued fastener could result in the driver losing control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a collision.

Tesla’s investigation into this issue was prompted by a service technician’s observation of a loose feel in the steering wheel on May 4, 2023. Further analysis of service and production records between May 5 and May 19, 2023, led to the company’s decision to issue a voluntary recall.

As part of the recall process, Tesla Service will inspect the affected vehicles for the proper torque of the fastener securing the steering wheel to the column. If the fastener is found to be improperly torqued, it will be replaced and tightened to the correct specification.

Steps have been taken to prevent this from reoccurring. The tool used in production to torque the fastener has been updated both programmatically and physically to prevent incorrect torque actions. The production associates have also been retrained in the correct assembly process.

The recall notice will be shared with all Tesla stores and service centers starting from June 1, 2023. Model Y owners will receive notification letters in compliance with 49 C.F.R. § 577.7, with an expected mail-out date of July 28, 2023.