Tesla Cybertruck Gets Double-Whammy Recalls for Windshield Wiper and Trim Piece Detachment

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Tesla Cybertruck has been in the wild for less than a year, but there is no shortage of people taking to the internet to showcase their new vehicle’s imperfections. Many have reported loose or detaching trim pieces, and some have complained that the truck’s massive single windshield wiper doesn’t work properly. Those issues have become significant enough for Tesla to issue two recalls for a bed-related trim piece and wiper motor.

The bed trim piece recall involves 11,383 trucks built since May 26, while the wiper recall includes 11,688 trucks built since June 6. Tesla said the cosmetic applique on the exterior of the bed “may become loose or separate from the vehicle.”

The automaker will repair or replace the piece, known as a sail applique, as part of the recall fix.

Tesla’s other recall relates to a problem with the front wiper motor, which can malfunction due to “electrical overstress to the gate driver component.”

The company stopped deliveries to remedy this issue and said it had worked with its suppliers to identify the problem and replace faulty wiper motors.

It’s easy and generally acceptable to poke fun at Tesla for its ongoing quality issues, but we should at least be celebrating the fact that the automaker has turned to official recall channels to solve these problems. For a long time, Tesla eschewed formal recalls in favor of software updates, but physical fixes like these can’t be swept away with an over-the-air update.

[Images: Tesla]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jun 27, 2024

    Sail applique...

  • Schurkey Schurkey on Jul 02, 2024

    Tesla as a company is corrupt. They've invented new ways to screw the original owners, AND the poor sots who buy them as "used" vehicles.

    The business needs to be prosecuted by the FTC.

    • VoGhost VoGhost on Jul 02, 2024

      What are you talking about? Owning a Tesla means the car is constantly improved by SW updates. And given how reliable EVs are, owning older Teslas is far better than owning old ICE boxes.

  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue