Federal regulators have asked Tesla Inc. to recall about 158,000 vehicles over safety concerns, one of the largest safety actions by the electric vehicle maker.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked Tesla in a letter on Jan. 13 to recall a Model S luxury sedan and a Model X sports utility vehicle, NHTSA asked for the recall because the car’s touch screen could fall. Liquid after a few years of use affecting safety functions such as defroster and backup camera.
Some of the car safety recalls amounted to millions. Although the historical figures are simple. But the action would represent a relatively large recall of Tesla, which has fewer cars on the road than some of its rivals.The Silicon Valley automaker delivered nearly 500,000 cars worldwide last year, roughly 205,600 in The United States, according to market research firm Motor Intelligence, Tesla does not divide its sales by region.
Tesla was not required to recall the car, although NHTSA said in the letter that if the automaker didn̵7;t take action, it had to provide an explanation for the decision. The agency can then refer the matter to a public hearing and eventually seek to force a recall through court.
Guidehouse Insights analyst Sam Abuelsamid said the recall request was significant and could cost $ 300 million to $ 500 million.