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What To Know About Tesla’s Model Y and Model 3 Recall

Tesla is recalling certain Model 3 and Model Y vehicles because of a suspension issue that may lead to a crash.

This week NHTSA announced a recall of Tesla’s Popular Model 3 and Model Y cars. Not all of the vehicles of these two models are included in the recall. At this time, only about 3,000 of the total vehicles produced are known to be included. Only certain 2020-2021 Model Y and 2019-2021 Model 3 vehicles are included thus far. As with all recalls, that number may change later.

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Why Are Model Y and Model 3 Vehicles Being Recalled?
NHTSA says that a lateral link in the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 front suspension may separate. That separation could shift the wheel alignment, causing instability and increasing the risk of a crash.

How Will Tesla Fix This?
Like all recalls, owners of affected vehicles will not be charged for the repair. Tesla plans to tighten or replace the lateral link fasteners as necessary.

When Will Tesla Contact Owners About the Recall?
Notification letters to owners are expected to be mailed by December 24, 2021.

How Can Tesla Owners Find Out If Their Vehicle Is One Of the Unsafe Ones?
Like every other manufacturer, Tesla has a recall notification page to help owners stay up to date. You can access that page here.

What Is the NHTSA Campaign Number?
The NHTSA Campaign number is 21V835000.

What If I Had A Problem Already?
If you had a problem related to your front suspension, it would be wise to contact Tesla right away. If you paid for any repairs, Tesla may reimburse you. This is an unlikely scenario due to the model years.

Where Can I Find Out More Or Get More Help With Tesla Recalls?
Tesla owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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