Tesla Recalls Every Cybertruck Sold Over Faulty Accelerator Pedals

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  • Tesla has recalled all 3,878 Cybertrucks sold to date over the risk of a stuck accelerator pedal.
  • The company blamed the flaw on an "unapproved change."
  • The recall follows large-scale layoffs.

Tesla has recalled all 3,878 Cybertruck deliveries over an issue where the accelerator pedal can get stuck.

A notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said an “unapproved change” introduced soap into the assembly of a pad on the accelerator pedal, increasing the chances that this pad would come loose.

The flaw could make the Cybertruck accelerate “unintentionally” and risk a crash, Tesla said in the recall alert. The EV maker received reports of pedal issues on March 31st and April 3rd. It decided to issue the recall on April 12th.

Tesla said it would replace or fix the pedals on the recalled Cybertrucks as well as those either at delivery centers or en route to those locations. Models with updated pedals are already in production, the company added, confirming reports of a temporary manufacturing halt.

The recall came amidst some complaints of early build quality issues with the Cybertruck, such as ill-fitting panels. It’s not clear how widespread these issues are, or how quality might improve with later production runs.

It also followed a rough quarter for Tesla. The automaker laid off more than 10% of its workforce this week, or about 14,000 people. While the company portrayed this as necessary for a new growth phase, it also reported its first quarterly drop in deliveries for almost four years. Even with shipping issues and other factors at work, there’s a concern demand may be cooling.

The recall also shedded light on Tesla’s Cybertruck sales numbers. In its latest production update, Tesla declined to break out deliveries for its electric pickup, instead putting it in an “other models” category that included the Model S, Model X, and Semi. Sales of 3,878 trucks aren’t disastrous, but they fall well short of the 369,783 Model 3 and Model Y cars that reached customers in the latest quarter alone.