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Tesla Recalls 53,000 Models S, T for Electronic Parking Brake

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By    |   Friday, 21 Apr 2017 08:53 AM

Tesla recalled 53,000 of its Model S and Model X vehicles to replace reportedly faulty electronic parking brakes that may not release correctly.

The vehicles connected with the recall, Tesla's second largest to date, were assembled from February and October 2016, said Bloomberg. The brakes have a small gear that could have been made incorrectly by a Tesla supplier.

A unit of Italy's Brembo SpA supplied the part in question, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed. "We are working with Tesla to ensure the issue is resolved quickly."

Tesla said it didn't know of any accidents connected with the faulty brake.

"If this gear were to break, the parking brake would continue to keep the car from moving, but the parking brake would then be stuck in place," said Tesla.

"There have been no reports of the parking brake system failing to hold a parked vehicle or failing to stop a vehicle in an emergency as a result of this condition, and this part has no impact on the car's regular braking systems. We have also determined that only a very small percentage of gears in vehicles built during this period were manufactured improperly."

Tesla recalled 2,700 Model X sport utility vehicles in the United States in 2016 because of a faulty locking hinge in third-row seats, noted Reuters. Tesla also recalled 90,000 Model S cars because of a single report of a seat belt not being properly connected in 2015, noted Bloomberg.

"While less than five percent of the vehicles being recalled may be affected by this issue, we are recalling 53,000 vehicles total out of an abundance of caution," Tesla said of its current recall. "Because of the design of the gear, it is difficult to tell exactly which vehicles are affected."

Tesla said it would take 45 minutes for its mechanics to replace the brakes in question.

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