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Tesla recalls 9000 Model X SUVs for small pieces of the body that can detach while driving due to lack of primer

Tesla has announced a recall for 9000 Model X SUVs for small pieces of the body that can detach while driving due to lack of primer. The issue has not caused any accidents yet.

Tesla Recalls 9000 Model X SUVs

Two cosmetic pieces on the roof are causing the issue, as reported by Tesla:

The Model X is equipped with a cosmetic applique at the front of the roof just behind the windshield, known as the front applique, as well as an applique at the centre of the roof in between the upper falcon door roof glass, known as the spine applique. Both appliques are adhered to the vehicle using urethane. If the applique-to-urethane interface lacks primer, then, over time, the adhesion may weaken, causing the applique to separate from the vehicle.”

These two pieces don’t have any functional importance as such and exist as an aesthetic piece. However, they could get detached from the body and act as a hazard for other cars. The issue was looked into when reports of missing parts were filed. This started an investigation, led by Tesla.

Chronology Of Incidents

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Tesla released the chronology of the reported incidents:

1. On September 21, 2020, a field event involving a 2016 Model X with missing applique made Field Quality aware of the issue. Field Quality initiated an investigation into the root cause and frequency of the condition.

2. On October 28, 2020, after conducting parts recovery, service bay reviews, and engineering fleet analysis, Tesla tentatively concluded that the failed components did not have sufficient primer at the urethane-to-applique interface when produced by the supplier. Field Quality then commenced a review of production records and supplier process information for evidence of primer application to understand the possible scope.

3. On November 10, 2020, Tesla determined that a safety-related defect exists for the affected population.

Affected Model X Cars

Apart from the hazard, Tesla has realised that it may cause a bit of noise in the cabin too.

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The issue has affected the Model X SUVs produced between 17th September 2015 and 31st July 2016, according to Tesla. This makes it a total of 9,136 vehicles. Tesla will contact the affected owners and call them in for service. Not all vehicles may contain the issue, however. Tesla’s technicians will check for the issue in the concerned vehicle, and if it is, they will repair it.

Our Opinion

It’s not the first time Tesla has recalled vehicles in this past year or so. But this seems a routine recall. It’s better to take action before any major incident. The fact that Tesla realises this is good.

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Mihir Tasgaonkar
A mechanical engineer who loves reading and writing about new technologies in the automobile industry.

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