Tesla Recalls 53,000 Cars For Parking Brake Issue

The electronic parking brake on some cars may get stuck.

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Electric car-maker Tesla is recalling 53,000 cars produced in 2016 because of a potential issue with parking brakes.

According to a statement on the company’s website, a potential manufacturing issue could mean that some parking brakes won’t release on certain vehicles. The cars affected by the recall include Model S and Model X vehicles produced between February and October 2016.

“We do not believe this issue could ever lead to a safety concern for our customers, and we have not seen a single accident or injury relating to it,” according to Tesla. “However, in order to be overly cautious, we are going to be proactively replacing these parts to ensure that no issues arise.”

The recall affects about 63 percent of the 84,000 cars produced by Tesla last year. Ford also recently recalled 530,000 vehicles for a range of issues.

The parking brakes on these cars may contain a small gear that was manufactured improperly by a third-party supplier. If that gear broke down, the parking brake could get stuck in place.

If you own a Tesla, you should be getting a notice in the mail about this soon that includes information on how to get your parking brake replaced. Tesla says it’s still safe to use your car in the meantime.

If you have a question, Tesla is encouraging people to email ServiceHelpNA@tesla.com.

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