Tesla recalls all 3,878 Cybertrucks over faulty accelerator pedal cover

Tesla's boxy Cybertruck pictured driving around a corner.
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On Monday, we learned that Tesla had suspended customer deliveries of its stainless steel-clad electric pickup truck. Now, the automaker has issued a recall for all the Cybertrucks in customer hands—nearly 4,000 of them—in order to fix a problem with the accelerator pedal. It has come at an inconvenient time for Tesla, which is laying off more than 10 percent of its workforce due to shrinking sales even as CEO Elon Musk asks for an extra $55.8 billion in compensation.

The problem, which affects all 3,878 Cybertrucks delivered so far, has to do with the EV's accelerator pedal. Tesla has fitted this with a metal-finish cover to match the brushed metal appearance of the truck itself—no word on whether the pedals rust, too—but it says that at some point, "an unapproved change introduced lubricant (soap) to aid in the component assembly of the pad onto the accelerator pedal. Residual lubricant reduced the retention of the pad to the pedal."


Thanks to the profile of the Cybertruck's under dash, if the pedal cover becomes partially detached it can slide up and become trapped in place, wedging the pedal down and unleashing all of the Cybertruck's substantial power—the dual-motor truck boasts 600 hp (447 kW) and can reach 60 mph (98 km/h) in just over four seconds.

Fortunately, applying the brake overrides the accelerator and cuts torque immediately, but that still didn't prevent one owner from allegedly crashing into a light pole before he was able to bring his Cybertruck to a stop.

Tesla is no stranger to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's official recall process, but this time there is no software fix or over-the-air patch. Instead, the trucks will need to be physically inspected and reworked if necessary. The company says that it will notify its stores and service centers about the recall "on or around" today, and that owners will be contacted in due course.