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Tesla pauses Model 3 production for several days

Jillian D'Onfro
Shares of electric car maker Tesla fell in Tuesday's premarket following a report that its vehicle sales in China plunged 70 percent in October from a year ago.

Tesla is temporarily shutting down production for the Model 3 at its factory in Fremont, California.

Buzzfeed reports that the pause will last four to five days, according to Tesla employees.

This shut-down follows a prior one in late February, and a company spokesperson referred CNBC to the same statement it offered then.

"Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1," they wrote. "These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates. This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this."

The news comes several days after CEO Elon Musk tweeted that " excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. "

Tesla missed its target for Model 3 production amid reports of production struggles that Musk called "production hell." In the past week, the company has faced reports that it has under-counted factory worker injuries and is struggling to manage a significant amount of damaged auto parts .

Read Buzzfeed's report here.