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Tesla Model X Recalls

Tesla Model X recalls have become a topic of concern and discussion among owners and the EV community. Understanding this recent recall, especially for such a renowned brand, can drive owners to question the quality of the Model X.

This article aims to shed light on the specifics of the recall, its broader implications, and its intersection with the California Lemon Law. Being well-informed is essential for consumers to ensure both their safety and the preservation of their investment.

Tesla Model X Recall: Failure to Detect Low Brake Fluid

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently highlighted a significant recall concerning the Tesla Model X. Spanning the model years 2021-2023, a total of 54,676 vehicles are potentially affected. The primary concern revolves around the vehicle controller’s inability to detect low brake fluid levels, which could lead to a lack of warning to the driver.

This oversight results in a noncompliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 135, specifically Section 5.5.4, which pertains to “Light Vehicle Brake Systems.”

The root of the problem lies in the vehicle controller’s set threshold range for the sensor. It may not be correctly set to detect low brake fluid levels, which can impact the braking performance, increasing the risk of a collision. This issue was first identified on September 19, 2023, when several Model X vehicles in production did not display a visual indicator for low brake fluid.

After extensive investigations and reviews, Tesla confirmed the root cause and made a voluntary recall determination by October 4, 2023.

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Tesla's Response to the Recall

In response to the identified issue, Tesla has been proactive. They released a software update (version 2023.32.7) that corrects the vehicle controller’s set threshold range at low brake fluid levels. This update ensures compliance with FMVSS 135, Section 5.5.4. The best part? Tesla owners don’t need to visit a service center. The software update is deployed over-the-air (OTA), free of charge.

For those vehicles operating the FSD Beta software releases, the remedy will be included in an upcoming scheduled FSD Beta software release.

Tesla plans to notify all its stores and service centers about this recall by October 13, 2023. Furthermore, owner notification letters are expected to be mailed by December 12, 2023.

How the California Lemon Law Protects Consumers

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For Tesla Model X owners in California, it’s essential to understand the protections offered by the California Lemon Law. If your vehicle has a defect that the manufacturer cannot fix after a reasonable number of attempts, you may be entitled to a replacement or refund.

Given the recent recall, if you experience repeated issues related to the brake fluid sensor, even after the software update, a California Lemon Law attorney could be a viable resource for a resolution.

In conclusion, while recalls can be concerning for vehicle owners, it’s reassuring to see manufacturers like Tesla taking swift action to address and rectify the issues. Moreover, laws like the California Lemon Law ensure that consumers have added protection and recourse in such situations.

Sources:

NHTSA Recall Report 23V-679, dated October 11, 2023.

NHTSA Acknowledgment Letter, dated October 16, 2023.

Tesla Recalls Model X FAQ's

The main issue revolves around the Tesla Model X’s vehicle controller, which may not detect low brake fluid levels. This could lead to a lack of warning to the driver, resulting in noncompliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 135, specifically Section 5.5.4.

Tesla has released an over-the-air (OTA) software update (version 2023.32.7) that corrects the vehicle controller’s set threshold range at low brake fluid levels. This update ensures the vehicle’s compliance with FMVSS 135, Section 5.5.4. Owners can install this update without visiting a service center.

Tesla plans to inform all its stores and service centers about this recall by October 13, 2023. Additionally, owner notification letters are expected to be mailed by December 12, 2023.

The California Lemon Law offers protection to consumers if their vehicle has a defect that the manufacturer cannot fix after a reasonable number of attempts. For Tesla Model X owners facing repeated issues related to the brake fluid sensor, even after the software update, they might be entitled to a replacement or refund under the California Lemon Law.

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