Tesla Issues Massive Recall For Most Of Its 2016 Cars

April 20, 2017Apr 20, 2017

The leader of the fledgling electric car industry is encountering a rocky road after issuing a recall for most of its 2016 models.

According to Vox, Tesla announced Thursday morning that it was voluntarily recalling 53,000 of its 76,000 cars from last year due to a defective part in the parking brake.

The defect can cause the parking brake to remain engaged and potentially keep the electric vehicle from going anywhere.

Fortunately for Tesla owners, the company believes only 5 percent of their 2016 cars are defective, and the problem can be fixed in 45 minutes, according to CNBC.

Unfortunately for the company, their stock dropped 2 percent upon the announcement, and Vox points out that it’s another strike against a carmaker that has had a tough time proving it can make vehicles that are just as reliable as the rest.

The company will be sending Tesla owners recall notices by mail.

Also on Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Tesla was being sued in federal court for a “dangerously defective” autopilot system.

The complaint said that Tesla’s “half-baked software” in 47,000 of its vehicles can cause the cars to swerve suddenly, “lurching, slamming on the brakes for no reason, and failing to slow or stop when approaching other vehicles" when in autopilot mode.

Tesla argues that the lawsuit is illegitimate because they never claimed the autopilot feature is intended for “full self-driving capability.”

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