American electric carmaker Tesla has issued a voluntary recall of 53,000 Model S and Model X vehicles to address an issue that could prevent the parking brakes from releasing.
The recall affects Model S and Model X cars manufactured between February 2016 and October 2016. Tesla claims that the cars "may contain a small gear that could have been manufactured improperly by our third-party supplier."
The company stated that they have "determined that only a very small percentage of gears in vehicles built during this period were manufactured improperly."
Once the parking brake on the affected cars is engaged, the internal gear may fracture resulting in the parking brake remaining stuck in the ‘on' position.
Tesla claims that only a small number of vehicles will likely ever exhibit the issues. Tesla has also stated that the cars are still safe to drive around.
Tesla will send an official recall notice by mail to the affected owners which will include information on how to have the parking brakes replaced.