Tesla initiates recall of nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks over accelerator pedal concerns

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20th April 2024 – (Texas) Tesla Inc. has issued a recall for 3,878 of its 2024 model Cybertrucks, citing a risk that the accelerator pedal pads may become dislodged and lead to unintended acceleration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported on Wednesday. The recall affects vehicles manufactured between 13th November last year and 4th April 4this year.

According to the NHTSA, the defect involves the accelerator pedal pad, which could potentially dislodge and become trapped by the vehicle’s interior trim. This malfunction could impair the driver’s ability to control the vehicle’s speed, increasing the risk of a collision.

In response to the issue, Tesla has announced that it will replace or repair the accelerator pedal assembly at no cost to the owners. The company plans to start sending notification letters to the affected vehicle owners in June. Meanwhile, customers can reach out to Tesla’s customer service for further information.

Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, addressed the issue on his X platform account, previously known as Twitter, reassuring the public that there have been no reported injuries or accidents linked to this defect. “We are just being very cautious,” Musk stated, emphasising the preventative nature of the recall.

The problem was first identified by a customer complaint on 31st March, with a subsequent report filed shortly after. Following these reports, Tesla conducted several tests that confirmed the defect, leading to the official recall announcement.