Tesla announced after Wednesday that it was recalling 15,000 Model X SUVs in North America because of a potential problem that could cause vehicles to lose steering power, making steering more difficult and increasing the risk of crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Canadian Department of Transportation said aluminum bolts that connect the electric power steering steering assist motor to the gearbox could corrode and break, causing the steering power of some model year 2016 vehicles to weaken or lose completely.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there are no known crashes or injuries related to the problem. The recall involves 14,193 U.S. and 843 Canadian vehicles. Transport Canada said Tesla will arrange for the installation bolts to be replaced and the steering gear will be replaced if needed.
Tesla’s shares fell nearly 1 percent after the news. The stock closed down 0.92 percent at $767.29 on Wednesday.