Красным на картинке обозначены узлы подвески электромобилей Tesla, в котрых китайские регуляторы подозревают дефект

Tesla says Model S and X suspension defects are the fault of Chinese drivers or bad roads


Recently it became known that due to problems with the suspension, Tesla recalls about 30 thousand Model S and X electric vehicles exported from the United States to China from 2013 to 2017 inclusive. The Chinese regulators insisted on this, although the company strongly disagrees with them. American owners of such models are happy, what is not satisfied with the Chinese drivers?

The red in the picture shows the suspension units of Tesla electric vehicles, in which the Chinese regulators suspect a defect

Red in the picture shows the suspension nodes of Tesla electric vehicles, in which the Chinese regulators suspect a defect

Regulators have had questions in the past about the reliability of Tesla’s electric suspension systems. The company is now forced to recall about 30,000 Model S and X electric vehicles imported into China between 2013 and 2017. Tesla had a choice: either to sue the representatives of the Chinese authorities, or to silently replace the said cars. The company chose a replacement, and they notified the relevant US regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The letter to NHTSA is an important step as the US could begin a similar investigation looking for similar defects in cars used by American drivers. NHTSA raised questions about suspension reliability in 2016, but the regulator found no manufacturing defects, and Tesla had no problems. The company equated the demand of the Chinese regulators SAMR and DPAC with unfair nagging, but decided to settle the issue amicably.

According to a Tesla investigation, problems with suspension among the electric vehicles of these models sold in China appeared in the case of 0.1% of cars, while outside China, the same defects were detected in 0.05% of cars. Based on this, Tesla experts and lawyers argue that in China, suspensions are under greater stress either due to worse roads or due to careless actions of drivers.

At the same time, it must be said that the Tesla Model S and X electric vehicles imported to China after 2017 did not find any suspension defects during operation. This leads to the suspicion that the company has nevertheless changed something in their design and, perhaps, there could be some kind of flaw in these car units in the indicated years.

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