Tesla issues recall on its semi trucks for faulty parking brakes
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Tesla has found itself in hot water once again, after being forced to recall 35 of its new electric Semi trucks, over concerns the parking brake might not work.
Elon Musk's electric vehicle company has warned drivers that the parking break may not successfully engage when applied, due to a valve module that could leak air.
It's feared that the electric Semi trucks could potentially roll away if it is parked, or if the driver believes the parking break has been activated, and therefore removes their foot from the break, CBS reports.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, Tesla was made aware of a possible issue on February 13 after being informed by one of its parts suppliers, Bendix.
On investigating the issue, the automaker made the decision to recall 35 of the vehicles, although it's unclear how many of the trucks have been produced.
Tesla has made it clear that no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the problem so far.
The Semi trucks are fully electric and claim to be able to be driven for 500 miles on a fully charged battery, while pulling a load as heavy as 82,000 pounds.
However, there has been multiple reports of Tesla Semi trucks breaking down, while the company has faced several other recalls.
Some of the issues, it's reported, could've been fixed with a simple over-the-air software update, while others were more complicated and needed mechanical work to be done at a Telsa service centre.
Last year, Tesla delivered its first Semi trucks to PepsiCo, a year after schedule and five years after the model was first announced.
The New York-based food and beverage brand is said to have 36 of the vehicles, however it's unclear whether any of these include the 35 which have been recalled.
The vehicle recall is yet another blow to Twitter-owner Musk, who earlier this week was found to have violated federal labour laws by tweeting that Tesla employees would lose stock options if they joined a union.
The US appeals court upheld a decision by the US National Labor Relations Board, which found the 2018 tweet to be unlawful.
The tweet read: Nothing stopping Tesla team at our car plant from voting union … But why pay union dues & give up stock options for nothing?"
According to the Guardian, it came as the United Auto Workers union began planning a campaign at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant.