NHTSA Investigates Tesla Suspension Issues

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Dozens of vehicle owner complaints have sparked an investigation into Tesla suspension problems in some older models. According to a news outlet, regulators from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have launched a probe into Tesla suspension safety issues on vehicles built in 2016. Investigators are looking into the 2015-2017 Tesla Model S sedan and the 2016-2017 Model X SUV for a suspension link issue that can cause the tire to rub against the wheel arch.

Tesla Suspension Investigation

On Feb. 10, 2017, Tesla issued a technical service bulletin informing dealers that the front suspension fore link can fail, but the driver can still maintain control of the vehicle. Typically, such a bulletin addresses a recurring problem noticed during road testing by owners in the first model year of a new vehicle.

Tesla owners filed 43 complaints on the left or right front suspension links, with 32 of those complaints citing link failure during low-speed parking maneuvers. The other 11 complaints identified a failure that occurred while driving at about 10 mph, including four at highway speeds. NHTSA said the complaints appear “to indicate an increasing trend,” with 34 complaints received in the last two years.

The vehicles under investigation total nearly 115,000 Tesla electric cars. It could take some time for NHTSA to determine whether a recall is warranted. The 2015 Tesla Model S and 2016 Model X are under four pending investigations, including one the NHTSA opened on Oct. 1, 2019, for software updates.

Model X and Y Recalls

Separately, NHTSA announced the recall of the 2016 Tesla Model X three-row SUV because cosmetic pieces of the roof may separate while the SUV is in motion. Two pieces of the cosmetic trim can come unglued because the primer was not applied before adhering them to the rood. The pieces could potentially fly off the vehicle and create a road hazard for other motorists.

The same 2016 Model X is also being investigated for the Tesla suspension issue. NHTSA also announced the recall of the 2020 Model Tesla Y for a suspension issue. In those vehicles, there may be loose bolts connecting the control arm and the steering knuckle. Owners may notice excessive vertical tilt or camber of the front wheels.

Auto Product Liability Issues

There is no question that vehicle suspension issues could potentially lead to a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured by an auto defect, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. An experienced auto defect attorney can help you better understand your legal rights and options.

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