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Thousands of Tesla Cybertrucks recalled for dangerous defect

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Nearly 4,000 Tesla Cybertrucks were recalled Thursday for a defect that can lead to crashes. | Source: Estefany Gonzalez/The Standard

The federal government is recalling nearly 4,000 Tesla Cybertrucks due to an issue with the accelerator pedal that can cause the 6,600-pound electric truck to accelerate unintentionally and lead to crashes, according to a notice issued Thursday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in the notice that the Tesla truck's accelerator pedal can get trapped in the interior trim above the pedal, which can lead to a crash. The pedal can get stuck when a high amount of force is applied, which can cause a pad on the pedal to dislodge and jam the pedal down.

The issue affects 3,878 Cybertrucks for the 2024 model year. Any cybertruck owner can enter their car's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into a lookup tool on Tesla's website to see if their vehicle has been recalled.

Tesla is not aware of any crashes caused by the defect, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Tesla has been contacted for comment.

The Cybertruck first shipped in November and is one of the most hyped—and polarizing—new cars. The car's sci-fi, angular shape has inspired a cult following, while others ridicule the truck and its owners.

The electric car maker's founder, Elon Musk, is also a controversial figure.

Musk has been politically active in San Francisco, donating $100,000 last fall to defeat progressive Supervisor Dean Preston in November and calling for his imprisonment in September, leading Preston to ditch Musk's social media platform, X.

After taking over Twitter, he renamed it to X, even placing a giant "X" sign on top of its San Francisco headquarters without getting building permits in July, leading him to abruptly remove it.

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