Tesla recalls most Cybertrucks in US over windshield wiper, exterior trim issues

By David Shepardson and Akash Sriram

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tesla said on Tuesday it was recalling most Cybertrucks in the United States over issues with their windshield wipers and exterior trim.

The recalls covering more than 11,000 vehicles are the latest setback for the futuristic truck, whose mass production is expected to start next year. Elon Musk's firm has also yet to disclose how many it has handed over to consumers in its quarterly deliveries and production report.

Tesla began delivering the Blade Runner-inspired truck in November 2023 after years of delay and a difficult production ramp-up that Musk described as Tesla digging its own grave.

The largely overlapping recalls cover more than 70% of all units of the model produced, according to data from analyst Troy Teslike and are the latest quality issues to impact the truck.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Tesla has issued four recalls for it 2024 Cybertruck.

Tesla said it is recalling 11,688 Cybertrucks from the 2024 model year because the front windshield wiper motor controller failed due to excessive electrical current. Non-functioning wipers could increase the risk of a crash in wet weather.

The wiper recall covers all trucks built through June 6.

The company said will replace the wiper motor after it identified early wiper motor failures. In February, Tesla recovered 20 wiper motors to inspect as it investigated.

Separately, Tesla is also recalling 11,383 Cybertrucks because the trunk bed trim sail applique could have been improperly attached, become loose and create a road hazard.

Tesla began investigating in December after the issue was seen in an undelivered Cybertruck and in May found a second occurrence in a customer vehicle and then found additional instances of loose or detached appliques due to improper installation of the applique or adhesive.

The company's service team will apply an adhesion promoter and pressure sensitive tape or replace the missing trim free of charge for affected vehicles.

Tesla recalled nearly 4,000 Cybertrucks in April to fix an accelerator pedal pad that could come loose and get lodged in the interior trim.

Though the latest issues cannot be fixed remotely, most issues related to Tesla recalls are usually resolved through over-the-air software updates.

(Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Sonia Cheema, Mrigank Dhaniwala and Alexander Smith)

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