Tesla recalls Cybertruck to repair faulty wipers, loose trim

Tesla recalls Cybertruck to repair faulty wipers, loose trim
Tesla recalls Cybertruck to repair faulty wipers, loose trim

The Tesla Cybertruck was unveiled at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California on November 21, 2019.

Tesla recently issued two additional recalls for its Cybertruck pickup trucks in the United States, as the automaker continues to grapple with issues with its new electric vehicle, nearly six months after it began delivering them.

The third and fourth Cybertruck recalls involve physical repairs that typically require scheduling a service appointment at a Tesla Center. One recall is for issues with the molding, which can become loose and fall off the trunk, while the other focuses on faulty motor controllers in the front windshield wipers.

According to a recall report posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on June 19, if a piece of trim separates from the vehicle while driving, it could pose a danger to following motorists and increase the risk of injury or collisions. Tesla plans to replace or rework the coating to ensure sufficient adhesion, as stated in the report.

A second safety recall report on the NHTSA website explains that in some vehicles, the front windshield wiper motor controller may stop working due to an electrical overload in the gate driver component. A non-functioning wiper can reduce visibility in certain conditions, potentially increasing the risk of a collision. Tesla plans to replace the motor controller in the Cybertruck windshield wipers for affected customers.

Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding these recalls.

Four years after CEO Elon Musk’s initial unveiling of the Cybertruck and two years after production began, the vehicle was launched, with limited deliveries, in November at an event in Austin, Texas, USA.

Musk has described the Cybertruck as “a better truck than a truck, while also being a better sports car than a sports car, all in the same package.” He often touts the truck as a vehicle that embodies the future.

A previous Cybertruck recall involved an accelerator pedal issue, in which the pedal could become loose and become trapped in the interior trim of the vehicle, causing unintended acceleration. This issue gained attention through a viral TikTok video created by a Cybertruck owner.

The recall information related to the windshield wiper issue indicates that between November 13, 2023, and June 6, 2024, there were 11,688 Cybertrucks in the vehicle population. Those numbers suggest a relatively slow start for the Cybertruck, Tesla’s first entry into the U.S. pickup market, where it faces competition from vehicles like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T.

In Tesla’s first-quarter shareholder update, the company said its Cybertruck production capacity exceeds 125,000 per year. At Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting in June, Musk revealed that the company hit a record 1,300 Cybertruck shipments in a week.

Cybertruck issues aside, Tesla has faced challenges in the first half of the year. According to the report, the share price has fallen 25% year-to-date and sales have declined due to an aging product range, increased competition in China and a decline in brand image, partly attributed to Musk’s «antics» and «political rants.» to a recent survey. Tesla is going through a significant restructuring process, which includes a workforce reduction of at least 14%.