Tesla recalls almost 50,000 made in the U.S. Model X and Model X vehicles, which were sold to Chinese customers reportedly due to unsafe and defective front and rear suspensions. The Palo Alto-based electric vehicle maker has taken over the EV market in China and is allegedly setting its sights on the Indian market.
The China State Administration for Market Regulation announced the recall on Oct 22. According to Gasgoo, a Chinese auto industry site, the recall involves a lot of Tesla vehicle. Notably, 19,249 Tesla Model S imported from the U.S. between Sept 17, 2013 and Oct 15, 2018 as well as the 29,193 imported Model X and Model S produced between Sept 17, 2013 and Aug 16, 2017. These electric vehicles were made at the company's vehicle assembly plant in Fremont, California.
The Chinese government ordered Tesla to replace the upper and rear linkages of the left and right suspension with improved ones for all recalled Model S and Model S. The report also claimed that the replacement is free. CNBC reported that in its letter to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Tesla disagreed with China's decision on the issue, stating that it had no plans to recall these EVs.
The report also shared that Tesla believes the real issue, in general, are poor drivers and bad Chinese roads. While the U.S. EV maker could disagree with the decision, it is proceeding with the recall. No company in its right mind would want to pick a fight with the Chinese government. Cabuzz reported that Tesla has a fix prepared that includes replacing the upper connecting links in the rear suspension and replacing the rear connecting links of the front suspension.
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In other Tesla news, Bloomberg recently reported that although as a whole, the Chinese EV market is in decline, the U.S. EV maker's presence in the region has significantly grown. The publication claimed that in just six months, Tesla got the substantial slice of the country's EV market, adding that it keeps getting ing bigger. CNN reported Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors and analysts during its recent conference call that the company aims to hit 20 million vehicles by 2030.
To achieve this ambitious goal, Tesla is currently setting up new facilities in Austin, Texas and Brandenburg, Germany while progressing in growing its scale and capacity in Shanghai, China. The company is reportedly eyeing India, according to the publication. Should the electric vehicle maker aggressively push into the Indian market, the region could contribute to at least 10% of the company's total demand in less than a decade, the report added.