Tesla confirms second-largest recall

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla has recalled close to two-thirds of the vehicles it made during 2016 due to faulty electronic parking brakes.

Around 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles built between February and October last year are said to potentially have a small gear that was not manufactured properly.

If the gear were to break, the automaker said the parking brake could become stuck.

The recall is the company’s second-largest to date, according to a report by Bloomberg.

“While less than five per cent of the vehicles being recalled may be affected by this issue, we are recalling 53,000 vehicles total out of an abundance of caution,” Tesla said.

“Because of the design of the gear, it is difficult to tell exactly which vehicles are affected.”The report also includes a short statement from Brembo North America confirmed the faulty part was suppled by a unit in Italy.

“We are working with Tesla to ensure the issue is resolved quickly,” a spokeswoman reportedly said.

Of the 84,000 vehicles Tesla manufactured in 2016, the recalls accounts for roughly 63 per cent.

Despite the faulty part, Tesla hasn’t seen “a single accident or injury” relating to the brake issue or reports of the system failing to hold a parked vehicle or stop a vehicle in an emergency.

Only a “very small percentage” of gears were manufactured improperly, the company said.

“Service capacity will not be an issue,” a Tesla spokeswoman reportedly said in an email.