Tesla Recalls 3,878 Cybertrucks Over Defective Accelerator Pedal

Tesla recalls 3,878 Cybertrucks due to a defective accelerator pedal that can cause unintended acceleration, the latest setback for the electric carmaker amid declining sales and production challenges.

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Tesla Recalls 3,878 Cybertrucks Over Defective Accelerator Pedal

Tesla Recalls 3,878 Cybertrucks Over Defective Accelerator Pedal

Tesla has issued a recall for 3,878 Cybertruck vehicles due to a defective accelerator pedal that can cause unintentional acceleration and increase the risk of a crash. The recall affects all model year 2024 Cybertrucks manufactured from November 13, 2023 to April 4, 2024.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the accelerator pedal pad may dislodge and get trapped by the interior trim, causing the pedal to become stuck when pressed down. This can lead to unintended vehicle acceleration.

Tesla notified the NHTSA about the issue on April 17 and said it is not aware of any collisions or injuries related to the defect. The company plans to replace or rework the accelerator pedal assembly free of charge to address the problem.

Why this matters: The Cybertruck recall is the latest setback for Tesla, which is also cutting 10% of its global workforce amid declining sales. The electric pickup truck has faced production challenges since its highly anticipated launch late last year.

Unlike other Tesla recalls that can be resolved through over-the-air software updates, the Cybertruck accelerator pedal issue requires a physical repair. Tesla will be notifying owners, and dealers will replace or repair the accelerator pedal assembly at no cost.

The Cybertruck's use of large flat plates of unbent stainless steel has posed manufacturing challenges for Tesla. The company has said it will take time to ramp up production, targeting 2025 as the year when output will reach 250,000 vehicles annually.

Key Takeaways

  • Tesla recalls 3,878 Cybertruck vehicles due to defective accelerator pedal.
  • Pedal pad may dislodge, causing unintended acceleration and crash risk.
  • Tesla to replace or rework pedal assembly at no cost to owners.
  • Recall due to unapproved production change using soap as lubricant.
  • Recall comes amid Tesla's production challenges and declining sales.