The electric car maker is set to recall nearly 30,000 cars in China due to suspension defects.

The American electric car maker Tesla will recall nearly 30,000 vehicles in China due to suspension imperfections, the Chinese regulatory authority announced on Friday.

Recalls are unusual for the builder. This concerns Model S and Model X imported into the Asian country over a period extending from September 2013 to January 2018.

Two types of faults

Imperfections in the suspensions "increase the risk of accidents and pose safety risks," the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) said in a statement.

Some 18,600 affected vehicles have two types of defects, she said, calling on owners to "drive carefully before repair."

The operation involves a large part of Tesla vehicles imported into China in recent years.

A fourth factory soon near Berlin

On the New York Stock Exchange, the Tesla share, listed on the Nasdaq, fell sharply on Friday during the session (-3.63%), the first after the announcement of the recall.

The American manufacturer built its third factory last year in Shanghai (eastern China), after those in New York and Nevada (United States).

Tesla has just announced this week its intention to export to Europe cars manufactured at this Shanghai production site – which produces Model 3, the group's entry-level model.

This operation will supply the Old Continent while awaiting the commissioning of its fourth factory, which is due to open near Berlin.

Jeanne Bulant with AFP BFMTV reporter