Tesla has issued a voluntary recall on its Semi electric trucks, marking the first time since deliveries began in December 2022. The recall affects 35 Semi trucks, which were built with an electronic parking brake valve module found to contain a defect. The supplier, Bendix, identified the defect in February 2023.
The defect could lead to “rollaway” incidents, increasing the risk of a crash. The defective parking brake module may fail to move into the park position when the parking brake is activated, leaving drivers unaware that their Semi could roll away. Fortunately, the defect has not resulted in any crashes or damages, according to the filings.
Tesla will replace the parking brake valve module with an improved version that prevents air leakage and allows the driver to engage and disengage parking brakes. The recall notice has been posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Although Tesla unveiled the Semi design in 2017, it only began producing the trucks in Nevada in 2022. The company delivered the first Semis to its early customer, Pepsi, during a marketing event at the end of last year. Tesla has not previously disclosed Semi production and delivery numbers in its quarterly updates.
The voluntary recall shows Tesla’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety for its customers. The company’s reputation for innovation and quality is second to none in the electric vehicle market. By acting quickly and decisively to address this issue, Tesla is demonstrating its dedication to ensuring the safety of its customers.
As Tesla prepares to issue its first-quarter 2023 vehicle production and delivery report, it will be interesting to see how this recall affects its overall numbers. However, the company’s commitment to quality and safety should help it weather any short-term challenges and continue to thrive in the competitive electric vehicle market.