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By Ding Yi / Oct 26, 2020 01:11 PM / Business & Tech

Tesla is recalling two of its most popular models which were made in the U.S. and exported to China over potential suspension problems. 

The recall affects 29,193 Model S and Model X vehicles manufactured between Sept. 17, 2013 and Aug. 16, 2017, and 19,249 Model S vehicles produced between Sept. 17, 2013 and Jan. 15, 2018, according to a notice by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation on Friday.

For the 29,193 Model S and Model X vehicles, Tesla will replace the rear linkages of their left and right front suspension. And for the 19,249 Model S cars, the company will replace the upper linkages of the left and right rear suspension. All replacements will be made at no cost to the car owners, according to the notice.

This is Tesla’s fourth recall of cars exported from the U.S. to China, with earlier recalls involving replacing faulty airbags made by Takata and fixing or preventing steering problems, according to CNBC.

The latest recall comes as Tesla is deepening localization in China with plans to make more core car parts, including electric motors and motor controllers, at its Shanghai factory where the bestselling Model 3 is built. Earlier this year, the U.S. carmaker selected China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) as one of its battery suppliers.

Last week, Tesla reported its fifth straight quarterly profit despite fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, with China playing a more important role in its global strategy due to enhanced production at its Shanghai plant. The company has increased its Model 3 production capacity at the Shanghai factory to 250,000 units a year, and priced the model lower than ever thanks to lower-cost batteries and higher level of local procurement, according to its third-quarter financial report.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: Tesla to Start Exporting China-Made Model 3 Cars to Europe

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