(New York) Tesla has initiated a recall in the United States of just over 40,000 vehicles affected by a risk related to their electric power steering system.
The US Highway Safety Agency (NHTSA) said in a document dated 1er November and made public Tuesday of a possible failure of this system, in particular when the cars roll over bumps or potholes.
“Reduced or no power steering does not affect steering control, but may require greater steering effort from the driver, especially at low speeds,” NHTSA notes.
A software update installed on the affected models – Model S and Model X built between 2017 and 2021 – is required to fix the problem. This is done remotely and free of charge.
According to Tesla, 97% of affected vehicles had already benefited from such an update as of 1er november.
On the same date, the group led by Elon Musk identified 314 cars affected, but said it was not aware of any accident, injury or death caused by the failure.
Tesla has already issued several recalls in the United States this year to modify potentially problematic software remotely.
At the end of September, the company thus recalled more than a million vehicles because of a risk of pinching linked to its electric window safety device.