Tesla's Cybertruck recalled for faulty accelerator pedal adds to pile of bad news for Elon Musk

Tesla is recalling all 3,878 by 2024 Cyber ​​Trucks SOLD SO FAR AFTER IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL COULD STUCK, CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO ACCELERATE UNINTENDEDLY AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

According to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the accelerator pedal pad can be removed and become trapped by the interior trim.

According to NHTSA, the recall covers model year 2024 Cybertrucks made between November 13, 2023 and April 4, 2024.

It's one of a handful of recalls for Tesla, which recalled every vehicle sold in the U.S. earlier this year after determining dashboard warning lights were too small. Last December, Tesla recalled 2 million vehicles with Autopilot after the driver-monitoring feature was deemed ineffective. Unlike the Cybertruck's pedals, those recalls can be accomplished through a software update that doesn't require Tesla owners to bring the car into a dealership.

As of Monday, NHTSA said Tesla was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths related to the pedal issue. According to NHTSA, production Cybertrucks will be outfitted with the new accelerator pedal component by Wednesday of this week.

Tesla, led by billionaire Elon Musk, said it would replace or repair the accelerator pedal assembly for free. Owners can contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla's recall number is SB-24-33-003. Notification letters are expected to be mailed to vehicle owners in June.

The recall is the latest in a string of bad news for America's leading electric vehicle maker. Tesla's market valuation has fallen by nearly two-thirds from its November 2021 peak. The Cyberdrug Two years behind its original schedule, the first dozen or so futuristic pickups were delivered to customers in November 2023. There is uncertainty as to when large-scale production will begin.

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“We dug our own grave with the cybertruck,” Musk said during the company's third-quarter conference call in October, highlighting the difficulties of mass-producing the future cybertruck. The company doesn't expect annual deliveries of 250,000 until next year.

Last quarter, Tesla saw its first annual sales decline since the pandemic. This year it has announced tens of thousands of layoffs and shuttered a low-cost EV, though Musk has denied the latter report. Still, the company's seemingly disorganized plans worried investors, who this week filled an open Q&A platform to ask about Musk's priorities.

Meanwhile, Tesla's board has asked shareholders to reinstate Musk's multibillion pay package that a Delaware judge threw out earlier this year. Recognizing Musk's bonus, now worth $45 billion, is “a matter of fundamental fairness and respect for our CEO.” Robin Denholm said Investors.

With reporting by Amanda Gerut and Irina Ivanova.

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