Tesla recalls all 3,878 Cybertrucks over faulty accelerator pedal

Tesla has issued a recall for effectively every Cybertruck it’s delivered to customers due to a fault that’s causing the vehicle’s accelerator pedal to get stuck.

The fault was caused by an “unapproved change” that introduced “lubricant (soap)” during the assembly of the accelerator pedals, which reduced the retention of the pad, the recall notice states. The truck’s brakes will still function if the accelerator pedal becomes trapped, though this obviously isn’t an ideal workaround.

The recall impacts “all Model Year (‘MY’) 2024 Cybertruck vehicles manufactured from November 13, 2023, to April 4, 2024,” with the fault estimated to be present in 100 percent of the total 3,878 vehicles. This is essentially every Cybertruck delivered to customers since its launch event last year.

A recall seemed to be inevitable after Cybertruck customers were reportedly notified earlier this week that their deliveries were being delayed, with at least one owner being informed by their vehicle dealership that the truck was being recalled over its accelerator pedal. The issue was also highlighted by another Cybertruck owner on TikTok, showing how the fault “held the accelerator down 100 percent, full throttle.”

The timeline reported in the NHTSA filing says that Tesla was first notified of the defective accelerator pedals on March 31st, followed by a second report on April 3rd. The company completed internal assessments to find the cause on April 12th before voluntarily issuing a recall. As of Monday this week, Tesla said it isn’t aware of any “collisions, injuries, or deaths” attributed to the pedal fault.

Tesla is notifying its stores and service centers of the issue “on or around” April 19th and has committed to replacing or reworking the pedals on recalled vehicles at no charge to Cybertruck owners. Any trucks produced from April 17th onward will also be equipped with a new accelerator pedal component and part number.

This is actually the second of Tesla’s many recalls to affect the Cybertruck, but it is the most significant. The company issued a recall for 2 million Tesla vehicles in the US back in February due to the font on the warning lights panel being too small to comply with safety standards, though this was resolved with a software update.

Tesla fans have taken issue with the word “recall” in the past when the company has proven adept at fixing its problems through over-the-air software updates. But they likely will have to admit that, in this case, the terminology applies.


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