At last year’s Shanghai auto show, a customer angry over allegedly faulty brakes on her Tesla made headlines in China, while in France a Tesla electric taxi was blamed after a fatal crash. The cars affected by the recall in China have a “small manufacturing defect” in a component at the level of the inverter, which regulates the current supplying the battery and the electric motor, said the market regulator (SAMR) .
“In extreme cases, this increases the risk of an accident and can constitute a danger”, specifies the regulator in a press release published Thursday. The recall concerns Model 3s produced between 2019 and 2022. The measure targets some 128,000 vehicles, including 93,578 made in China in the gigantic Tesla factory in Shanghai.
Already 200,000 vehicles recalled in December
The 25 million inhabitants of the Chinese economic capital have been confined for several weeks after an epidemic outbreak, which paralyzes activity. Tesla has faced numerous complaints on social media in China in recent months for alleged quality and service issues.
In April 2021, a disgruntled customer’s stunt at the Shanghai Auto Show sparked a wave of criticism against the brand. Perched on the roof of a Tesla, she claimed to have almost died due to a failure of the braking system. The images had gone viral.