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Tesla recalls 11,000 Cybertrucks for defective windshield wipers

Tesla issued a pair of recalls for its futuristic Cybertruck electric pickup truck to fix issues related to the truck’s fat windshield wipers and bed trim, documents filed Tuesday showed.

Billionaire Elon Musk’s firm issued the physical recall to fix an issue where “the front wiper motor controller may stop working due to excessive electrical stress on the door controller component” in affected vehicles, according to a document from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A separate NHTSA filing showed that Tesla will repair an issue where a piece of trim on the Cybertruck trunk boxes “may not have been installed according to specifications” and could come loose.

Tesla has issued four recalls for the Cybertruck since its debut. Christopher Sadowski

Both recall notices affect more than 11,000 Cybertrucks.

In both cases, Tesla will make the repairs free of charge and owners will be notified by August 18.

Since the Cybertruck has yet to enter mass production, that likely encompasses the majority of pickup trucks sold in the U.S. since the vehicle’s debut last fall.

Tesla has yet to reveal how many Cybertrucks have been sold to the public so far.

Tesla shares rose 1.5% to $185.50 in Tuesday trading.

However, the stock is down about 25% since the beginning of the year.

With the latest filings, the electric car company has issued a total of four recalls for the Cybertruck.

In April, Tesla voluntarily recalled thousands of Cybertrucks to fix an issue with faulty accelerator pedals that risked causing fatal crashes.

Elon Musk has admitted that the Cybertruck is difficult to produce. Via REUTERS

Tesla is also known for issuing “over-the-air” recalls using software updates to address issues in vehicle performance.

In late May, Tesla announced one such recall of more than 125,000 vehicles in the United States to correct a defect in the seat belt warning system.

Musk has personally described the Cybertruck, which uses a stainless steel frame, as “an extremely difficult product to build.”

Tesla said the repairs would be made free of charge. JUAN G MABANGLO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Last year, Musk told Tesla employees that any variation “sticks out like a sore thumb” because the truck is “made of shiny metal and mostly straight edges.

The vehicle has drawn some ridicule online for its strange design, with some critics comparing it to a refrigerator on wheels or a Lego block.

Despite the difficulties, Musk said last fall that Tesla would aim to produce 200,000 Cybertrucks a year.

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