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Tomas Mccoy
April 22, 2017

The part in question is "a small gear" manufactured by a third-party supplier, Electrek said. These brakes ensure the vehicle does not move once placed in Park, however, the affected models contain a small gear in the brakes that is prone to fracturing.

Tesla is insisting the potential problem doesn't constitute a safety issue, and that there have been no reported instances of the potentially problematic parking brake failing to hold a vehicle or messing with the braking performance in general.

The Tesla recall is global and includes 53,000 vehicles.

The recall applies to vehicles built in 2016, between February and October.

Tesla sent out an email to the owners, to whom the vehicle was delivered during the time frame.

A mechanical fix is expected to take less than 45 minutes to replace both brakes.

It is Tesla's first vehicle recall in a year; the company replaced third-row seat backs in 2,700 of the earliest Model X electric crossover utilities. "We have also determined that only a very small percentage of gears in vehicles built during this period were manufactured properly", a statement on its website reads.

"We are recalling 53,000 vehicles total out of an abundance of caution", Tesla said. "Because of the design of the gear, it is hard to tell exactly which vehicles are affected".

Tesla shares fell 1.1 percent to $302.24 in midday trade, giving it a market capitalization of about $50.1 billion, around $1.2 billion below that of GM's.

The faulty part was supplied by a unit of Italy's Brembo SpA, a spokeswoman for Brembo North America Inc. confirmed in an emailed statement.

Following recent software update that was a part of Tesla's AP2.0 the auto started "behaving as if a drunk driver is at the wheel" when Autopilot is engaged, the suit said, citing a customer report.

Drivers who may be affected by the recall are being asked to voluntarily bring their cars in to be serviced.

Although this particular recall isn't almost as high-profile as the Takata airbag recall, it does highlight Tesla's slightly precarious position as the company prepares to release its mass-market Model 3.

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