Tesla is now facing an NHTSA investigation with a new preliminary assessment of possible suspension failures on S and X models manufactured between 2015 and 2017.
The new investigation comes after Tesla initiated a recall on the vehicle issue in China, but the carmaker argues there is no fault and China is forcing unnecessary recalls.
Earlier this month, we reported that Tesla had recalled nearly 30,000 S and X model vehicles shipped to China due to an alleged problem with its suspension.
As noted in the report, some things were strange in this report – primarily the fact that it only affected S and X model vehicles sent to China between 2013 and 2017, despite the fact that these vehicles were manufactured in the United States and Tesla did the same. it used the suspension like all other S and X models manufactured during that period.
We later learned that Tesla did not agree with the Chinese authorities on the need to recall these vehicles and argues that there is no fault.
Tesla said the defect in question occurred in less than 0.05% of vehicles outside China and in about 0.1% of vehicles in China.
The carmaker in China accuses the higher rate of “driver abuse, including that the expectation of driver use and injury is uniquely severe in the Chinese market. If the customer prescribes an abuse load (e.g., curb, severe pit strike, etc.). “
We have now learned that the NHTSA is also examining the issue of the first suspension.
The U.S. Transportation Regulatory Authority has announced that it has launched a new preliminary assessment of an alleged defect in 114,761 Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles manufactured in the United States between 2015 and 2017:
The NHTSA’s Fault Safety Office (ODI) received 43 complaints about failure of the left or right front suspension front switches on Tesla 2015 to 2017 Model S and MY 2016 to 2017 Model X vehicles. Thirty-two of the complaints (32) relate to faults that occurred during low-speed parking maneuvers (eg backward from the driveway or from the car park at speeds below 10 km / h). Eleven (11) incidents occurred while driving (e.g., incidents on the road at speeds above 10 km / h), including four highway speeds. Complaints seem to indicate an increasing trend: 34 complaints have been received in the last two years and three of the highway speed incidents have been reported in the last three months. In addition, ODI identified eight complaints that could result in a failure of the first front link, but these were not confirmed by repair records or photographs. Possible front link failures have been reported in the last two years and include two cases that occurred while driving. “
Interestingly, back in 2016, NHTSA allegedly investigated an allegedly similarly described alleged failure to suspend the Model S after filing several complaints with the agency, although many were not made by Tesla owners, but it was determined that it was time.
The purpose of the new “Ex-ante evaluation” is to “assess the extent, frequency and consequences of the alleged error”.
Here is the full report:
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