Tesla recalls all 3,878 Cybertrucks over faulty accelerator pedal

Roger Stringer Roger Stringer
April 12, 2024
3 min read

Jess Weatherbed, writing for The Verge

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.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Wednesday, the defect can result in the pedal pad dislodging and becoming trapped in the vehicle’s interior trim when “high force is applied.”

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.

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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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