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Tesla recalls 11K Cybertrucks over faulty windshield wipers

Tesla has issued two recalls for its futuristic electric pickup truck, the Cybertruck, to fix defects in the windshield wipers and bed trim, according to a filing on Tuesday.

Billionaire Elon Musk’s company issued a physical recall to fix a problem in affected vehicles “that could cause the windshield wiper motor controller to stop functioning due to an electrical overload on the gate driver component,” according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In a separate filing with the NHTSA, Tesla said it plans to fix an issue in which a piece of trim in the Cybertruck’s trunk “may not have been installed to specifications” and could become detached.

Tesla has issued four recalls for the Cybertruck since its launch. Christopher Sadowski

Both recall notices affect more than 11,000 Cybertrucks.

In either case, Tesla will carry out the repairs free of charge and owners will be notified by August 18th.

Because the Cybertruck has not yet entered mass production, this likely applies to most of the pickup trucks sold in the U.S. since its launch last fall.

Tesla has not yet disclosed how many Cybertrucks it has sold to the public so far.

Tesla shares rose 1.5% to $185.50 in trading on Tuesday.

However, the stock price has fallen about 25% since the beginning of the year.

With the latest filing, the electric vehicle company has now issued four recalls total for the Cybertruck.

Tesla voluntarily recalled thousands of Cybertrucks in April to fix a faulty accelerator pedal that could lead to fatal accidents.

Elon Musk has acknowledged that the Cybertruck will be difficult to produce. Via Reuters

Tesla is also known to issue “over-the-air” recalls via software updates to address vehicle performance issues.

Tesla announced in late May that it would recall more than 125,000 vehicles in the United States to fix a defect in the seat belt warning system.

Musk himself described the Cybertruck, which has a stainless steel frame, as “a very difficult product to build.”

Tesla said the repairs would be free of charge. John G. Mabanglo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Last year, Musk told Tesla employees that the pickup truck is made of “bright metal and mostly straight lines, so any differences will be “noticeable.”

The car has been mocked online for its bizarre design, with some critics likening it to a refrigerator on wheels or a Lego block.

Despite the challenges, Musk said last fall that Tesla aims to produce 200,000 Cybertrucks a year.

With post wire

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