Tesla to recall 870 cars in China over roof defect: AFP

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Tesla Inc. is recalling 870 cars in China because of a fault in the roofs that could cause a part to fall off, AFP reported Friday, citing China’s market regulator. The latest recall affects Model X cars that were produced between March 16 and July 31 in 2016. Parts of the roof trim may have insufficient primer, which is used to improve adhesion, meaning it could fall off, the regulator said in a statement. “If the trim falls off the vehicle during driving, it will increase the risk of collision or injury for vehicles behind, especially motorcycles, posing a safety hazard,” the statement said. On Wednesday, Tesla said it was recalling more than 9,000 Model Y and Model X vehicles over issues with bolts and, in the case of the Model X SUV, the same issue with the roof trim. The 9,136 Model Xs involved in the recall were made between Sept. 2015 and July 2016, according to a NHTSA safety recall report. For the Model Y, Tesla notified NHTSA earlier this month that it was recalling “certain 2020 Model Y vehicles” because bolts in the car’s steering mechanism may have not been properly tightened, which could eventually interfere with steering and increase the risk of a crash, NHTSA said. Tesla shares were down 1.7% premarket, but have gained 586% in the year to date.
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