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Tesla recalls Cybertrucks over accelerator crash risk

Tesla, the electric car company owned by Elon Musk, has recalled thousands of its new Cybertrucks over safety concerns. It is because their accelerator pedals currently risk getting trapped by the interior trim, increasing the possibility of crashes.

The BBC recently spoke to a whistleblower at the company who had raised concerns over the safety of pedals of previous Tesla models. Tesla has been contacted for comment. The recall affects 3,878 Cybertrucks, which cost roughly $61,000 (£48,320), made between November 2023 and April 2024.

“A trapped accelerator pedal can cause the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally, increasing the risk of a crash,” the US Department of Transportation wrote in a notification of the recall.

The problem comes from the accelerator pad which, if pushed hard, can dislodge and then get trapped in the interior trim of the truck.

Tesla will fix the problem free of charge, according to its filing with the US government. It also notes that pressing the brake pedal will override the accelerator and should still bring the truck to a stop.

The company says an “unapproved change” in the production of the pedal meant “lubricant” was used in its assembly, which means the pad did not stick properly to the pedal.

The electric car company received two complaints about the issue from drivers, on 31 March and 4 April. The company wrote that it is “not aware of any collisions, injuries or deaths relating to this condition,” as of 15 April.

Source: eNCA

In other news – Cristiano Ronaldo is celebrating his youngest daughter Bella Esmeralda

Cristiano Ronaldo is celebrating his youngest daughter Bella Esmeralda. The proud dad, 38, marked Bella’s 1st birthday on Instagram on Tuesday and shared a sweet snapshot of his little girl sitting on his lap.

Cristiano Ronaldo

“Parabéns pelo teu primeiro ano de vida, meu amor. O papá ama-te muito!,” the soccer star captioned the daddy-daughter photo, which translates into English as “Happy first year of life my love. Daddy loves you very much! Read more

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