Tesla Issues Semi Truck Recall Over Rollaway Risk

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

tesla issues semi truck recall over rollaway risk

The worldwide wait for Tesla’s all-electric semi-trucks seemed unimaginably long due to the hype that had been built up around them. But Tesla ultimately made good on its promise by finally commending deliveries in December of 2022. Sadly, no manufacturer seems to be able to produce new models without a few hiccups these days and the company has issued a voluntary recall on the rigs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed on Friday that Tesla plans to recall 35 long-haul Semis over parking brake issues. While that doesn’t sound like a lot of units, it likely comprises a significant portion of those built between November 30th, 2022, and February 28th, 2023.

Based on the recall report, the trucks were manufactured with an electronic parking brake module that supplier Bendix suggested might have some problems. The resulting issue presents a rollaway risk, as the “electronic parking brake valve module (PVM) may fail to move into the park position when the parking brake is activated.”

That’s bad news for any vehicle and particularly dangerous when the model in question weighs over ten tons without a trailer. The good news is that the parking brake component defect has not resulted in any known damages, according to the NHTSA filing.

We’ve seen the truck in the media in its current form since 2017. But deliveries did not commence until late last year, with Pepsi getting the first batch as part of a high-profile acquisition garnering loads of publicity.

Tesla is set to give us a tally regarding the number of trucks this weekend as part of its first-quarter vehicle production and deliveries report. The recall will likely be mentioned as well, with more details being offered.

As of now, the solution involves having Tesla replace the parking brake valve module free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed by May 23rd, 2023. However, owners may also contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla's number for this recall is SB-23-33-001.

The NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline can likewise be reached at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) for those seeking additional information. Alternatively, drivers can put their vehicle identification number (VIN) into the recall page or look up the recall campaign using code 23V205000.

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  • Cprescott Cprescott on Apr 03, 2023

    Tesla? A recall? That never happens.

  • Malcolm Malcolm on Apr 03, 2023

    That wasn't what I was getting at. I mentioned what is the real world performance when the Tesla Semi when actually loaded up like most trucking companies do? The Musketeer showing off a half-loaded light truck doesn't show its performance potential.

  • Jeff S I don't believe gm will die but that it will continue to shrink in product and market share and it will probably be acquired by a foreign manufacturer. I doubt gm lacks funds as it did in 2008 and that they have more than enough cash at hand but gm will not expand as it did in the past and the emphasis is more on profitability and cutting costs to the bone. Making gm a more attractive takeover target and cut costs at the expense of more desirable and reliable products. At the time of Farago's article I was in favor of the Government bailout more to save jobs and suppliers but today I would not be in favor of the bailout. My opinions on gm have changed since 2008 and 2009 and now I really don't care if gm survives or not.
  • Kwik_Shift I was a GM fan boy until it ended in 2013 when I traded in my Avalanche to go over to Nissan.
  • Stuart de Baker I didn't bother to read this article. I'll wait until a definitive headline comes out, and I'll be surprised if Tesla actually produces the Cybertruck. It certainly looks impractical for both snowy and hot sunny weather.
  • Stuart de Baker This is very interesting information. I was in no danger of buying a Tesla. I love my '08 Civic (stick), and it feels just as responsive as when I bought it 11 years ago with 35k on the clock (now 151k), and barring mishaps, I plan to keep it for the next 25 years or so, which would put me into my mid-90s, assuming I live that long. On your information, I will avoid renting Teslas.
  • RHD The only people who would buy this would be those convinced by a website that they are great, and order one sight-unseen. They would have to have be completely out of touch with every form of media for the last year. There might actually be a few of these people, but not very many. They would also have to be completely ignorant of the Hyundai Excel. (Vinfast seems to make the original Excel look like a Camry in comparison.)