Every Tesla Cybertruck Was Just Recalled

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Tesla is recalling nearly 3,900 Cybertrucks because of a faulty accelerator pedal, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The move follows days of speculation that the issue might be behind the company’s decision to halt deliveries of the much-hyped EV.

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A report published on the agency’s website states that Tesla has agreed to recall 3,878 Cybertrucks—or every example of the pickup it’s built since production began in November until earlier this month—due to the issue. The notice says that when “high force” is applied to the accelerator pedal, its pad can dislodge and get stuck under the interior trim, which “may increase the risk of collision.” Fortunately, the brakes will “cut drive torque,” even if both pedals are pressed at the same time, eventually bringing the EV to a stop.

The Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla Cybertruck

The agency says that the use of soap as a lubricant during the assembly process reduces the “retention of the pad to the pedal.” Tesla is said to have become aware of the problem on March 31 because of a customer complaint and immediately launched an investigation. By April 12, the company made the decision to “voluntarily” recall every Cybertruck it had built and delivered. It is not aware of collisions, injuries, or deaths related to the issue.

The recall won’t come as a surprise to anyone keeping up with Cybertruck news. Late last week, a thread popped up on the Cybertruck Owners Club forum in which several users claimed their deliveries of the EV had been canceled at the last minute. Many of the affected members claimed they’d received no explanation for the delay, but some said they’d been told it had something to do with the accelerator pedal. Then, over the weekend, a video was posted to TikTok in which a Cybertruck owner claimed his accelerator pedal had stuck.

Tesla has yet to say anything publicly about the Cybertruck’s accelerator pedal issue or its halted deliveries. The company did not respond to a request for comment from Robb Report on Friday morning.

The recall is the latest piece of bad news for Tesla in what has been a rough start to 2024. At the beginning of the month, the company announced its first quarterly sales drop since 2020, and then, earlier this week, it announced plans to lay off 10 percent of its workforce. Its stock is also down nearly 40 percent this year and has been one of the worst performers on the Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 indexes.

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