China’s quality watchdog said on Monday that Tesla Inc will recall a total of 8,898 Model S vehicles in the country, starting on June 28, as part of a broader global recall announced last month.
Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, said on March 29 that it would recall about 123,000 Model S saloons built before April 2016 and sold globally to replace bolts in the power steering component.
The company said that the bolts could corrode in very cold climates. A failure would result in a loss of power steering assist, the company said.
The issue, which the carmaker said has not led to any accidents or injuries, does not affect the Model X sport utility vehicle or more affordable Model 3.
The company, led by Elon Musk, is advising Model S customers that no immediate action needs to be taken and that they may continue to drive their cars. Deliveries of the Model S began in June 2012.
“Tesla will contact you to schedule an appointment when parts are available in your region,” the company said in its original notification to owners, adding that the retrofit would typically take about an hour.