The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Friday, November 27th, an investigation into potential safety issues with Tesla’s electric vehicles. The US shipping agency, which oversees the auto industry, announced that it has begun testing for suspension defects on 114,761 Tesla Model S and Model X models built in the United States between 2015 and 2017.
A new investigation comes after 43 complaints were filed with the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) about malfunctioning left and right front suspension arms on these electric vehicle models. Three-quarters of the reported breakdowns occurred while parking, and the rest occurred while the vehicle was driving. In this regard, the regulator will conduct a preliminary assessment of “the scale, frequency and possible consequences of the alleged defect“.
Last month, it became known of a recall by the company over possible suspension problems for nearly 30,000 Model S and Model X units that were shipped from the US to China between 2013 and 2017. Tesla said these cars had no malfunctions and blamed bad roads and drivers who allegedly violated the vehicle’s operating rules.
We add that on November 20, a class action lawsuit was filed against Tesla in the US District Court in California over suspension problems in the Model S and X. It claims that the cars have defects that can lead to premature failure of the lever components front and rear suspension.
In addition, just the other day it turned out that Tesla will recall more than 9,500 Model X and Model Y electric vehicles due to potentially dangerous factory defects in the roof and suspension.
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