Tesla recalls 40,000 cars in US over power-steering fault

Tesla is recalling around 40,000 cars in the US over concerns for a power-steering assist problem which may cause it to fail on rough roads.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned that the fault could require greater steering effort than the driver might expect, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. Tesla has released a software update to recalibrate the system and eliminate the error.

The recall affects the 2017-21 Model S and Model X vehicles, but the manufacturer says more than 97% of affected cars had installed the fix and addressed the problem.

Separately, Tesla is recalling 53 2021 Model S exterior side rear view mirrors that were built for the European market that do not comply with US rear visibility requirements. The mirrors were installed during US service visits.

There have been 17 recall campaigns for the electric car manufacturer during 2022, covering 3.4m vehicles. Previous recalls have been due to issues with rear-view cameras, bonnet latches, seat-belt reminders, sound-system software, and automatic window safety.

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