Tesla Blames Bosch For Recall Of 125,000 Model S Cars

Tesla claims that Bosch is responsible for the faulty bolts that led to the recall of 125,000 Model S cars in March.

In the electric automaker’s quarterly report, Tesla said Bosch should be responsible for covering all costs related to the recall.

“The recent voluntary recall of 125,000 Model S vehicles related to steering bolt corrosion was not material to our warranty reserves and is expected to be covered by the indemnification obligations of the supplier,” Tesla said.

Quizzed by German publication Handelsblatt about the recall, a Bosch spokesman declined to comment on Tesla’s assertion. He also refused to state how much the parts supplier may have to pay.

When Tesla initially announced the recall, it made no mention of Bosch.

“We have observed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts, though only in very cold climates, particularly those that frequently use calcium or magnesium road salts, rather than sodium chloride (table salt),” the original statement read.

“Nonetheless, Tesla plans to replace all early Model S power steering bolts in all climates worldwide to account for the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment.”

Tesla will replace the bolts in all the Model S vehicles it built through the end of March 2016.

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  • krusshall

    Nothing like throwing your suppliers under the bus. Musk will probably announce they’re getting into the hardware business since nobody can do it right except Tesla.

    • Six_Tymes

      they had a spec order, and didn’t follow it, they are at fault. they ignored the spec order for 125000 units, they deserve to be tossed under the bus. not the quality supplier they once were.

      • krusshall

        You don’t know the truth so don’t make up stories. You just don’t air dirty laundry like that. Suppliers are your partners, not your scapegoats.

      • Jay D

        Yes it’s their fault but you don’t do that to your business partners unless they have royally f***ed up like Takata.Tesla is always playing the victim and pointing the fingers at others.Customers for crashing their cars, journalists, daytraders, suppliers etc.

      • 2sfhim

        How do you know Tesla ordered the right specs?

  • Blake Stafford

    Oh ya that’s a great idea. Piss off suppliers. That will work out. Can’t see how that will backfire.

  • Arson Hipsnade

    Interesting that German car manufacturers have very few problems with Bosch components. This to me sounds like Tesla shifting the blame once again. With them, everything is always someone else’s fault.

    • Dan Iosubescu

      I agree……

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      It’s like they figured they’d save money on using black oxide bolts rather than zinc plated or stainless steel ones.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Tesla is a classless organization. Management by blame and accusation. Musk needs to go.

  • Illicit Gaines

    I Guess “Gods” dont need a Quality Assurance Dept…
    So they can Blame Others…
    A First!
    TeslaPioneering! Trailblazing its way into the History Books of Scamdom!

  • smartacus

    if Bosch drops them,
    they can turn around
    and sue them for it.
    Perfect way to sink
    everyone with you.