SB-23-32-001 – Steering Wheel May Disconnect from Steering Column – 2022-2023 Tesla Model Y

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May 30, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23V385000

Steering Wheel May Disconnect from Steering Column

A loose fastener may allow the steering wheel to disconnect from the steering column, which can cause a loss of steering control and increase the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 23V385000

Manufacturer Tesla, Inc.

Components STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected 137

 

Summary

Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2022-2023 Model Y vehicles. The steering wheel fastener may be loose.

 

Remedy

Tesla Service will inspect and replace the fastener as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 28, 2023. Tesla’s number for this recall is SB-23-32-001.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 

Check if your Tesla has a Recall

 


SB-23-32-001
June 2, 2023

 

Condition

On some Model Y vehicles, the steering wheel retention bolt may not have been torqued to specification.

 

Correction

Inspect the vehicle for symptoms related to the condition. If symptoms are present, replace the steering wheel retention bolt, and torque the new bolt to specification.

 

Part Number Description Quantity
1036655-00-A BOLT RC M16X1.5X26 PC88 PTP 1

 

Procedure

1. Remove the driver airbag (refer to Service Manual procedure 20010102).

2. Perform a torque check on the bolt that attaches the steering wheel to the vehicle (80 Nm) (Figure 1).

  • If the bolt is torqued to specification, no repairs are needed.
  • If the bolt is not torqued to specification, replace the bolt, and torque the new bolt to specification.

 

3. Install the driver airbag (refer to Service Manual procedure 20010102).

 


Chronology :

– On May 4, 2023, Tesla Service technician escalated a vehicle concern after observing a loose feel in the steering wheel while servicing the vehicle for a seat trim repair.

– From May 5, 2023, to May 19, 2023, Field Quality and Factory Quality investigated the service and production records of the vehicle in question as well as production records for all Tesla factories.

– On May 22, 2023, Tesla made the determination to file a voluntary recall to inspect and repair, as necessary, the population of vehicles identified through the investigation described above.

Tesla identified 4 warranty claims and one field report (received between November 12, 2022, and April 26, 2023) that are related to or may be related to this condition. Tesla is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths related to this condition.

 


2 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
TESLA MODEL Y 2022-2023

 


3 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23V385-4216.pdf 793.083KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23V385-2725.PDF 214.205KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-23V385-6679.pdf 157.372KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=23V385&docType=RCL

 


 

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