NHTSA Opens Security Probe Into 280,000 Tesla Mannequin 3, Mannequin Y EVs

The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary analysis into 280,000 Tesla Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y automobiles after some clients complained of lack of steering management and energy steering.

Reuters reported that the US auto security regulator opened a probe after it acquired 12 complaints from house owners of 2023 Tesla Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y electrical automobiles. In line with one of many complaints despatched by a Mannequin 3 driver in Could, the “automotive steering felt caught and slid off the highway which resulted in crashing right into a tree.”

One other driver in June reported {that a} two-week outdated Tesla Mannequin Y was leaving a shopping mall in Alpharetta, Georgia when “all of the sudden steering wheel didn’t steer. It was exhausting and noticed the alert. Went to very near reverse aspect of site visitors and a few how made it to throughout the highway contained in the purchasing heart.”

A newer criticism stated a Tesla Mannequin Y that was lower than 30 days outdated in April was turned on and the “wheel jerked exhausting proper and made a thud,” adopted by a “Steering Help Lowered” display screen warning and an error code.

The motive force stated energy steering was disabled and instructed the NHTSA the automotive felt unsafe to steer. “Tesla has moved my service go to from Could 2 to Could 25 on account of a backlog of components. They confirmed it is a just lately recognized challenge and famous the steering rack is likely to be changed fully,” the shopper wrote within the criticism.

A Tesla driver in Honolulu stated per week after shopping for a Tesla the steering wheel began locking up randomly, one thing that “occurred six instances on totally different dates earlier than we had been capable of get it to the Tesla service division.” The proprietor stated the Tesla “at present stays at Tesla for the following 3 weeks whereas we await a brand new steering rack/motor.”

The NHTSA probe is step one of a proper investigation to find out if the difficulty poses an unreasonable security danger. The company would wish to improve the probe to an engineering evaluation earlier than it may require Tesla to challenge a recall. Tesla didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. 

Judging by the signs exhibited by Tesla vehicles within the complaints, this does not appear to be a problem that may be resolved by way of an over-the-air software program replace. One factor is for certain: if Tesla finally ends up issuing a recall and it has to exchange steering racks on 280,000 vehicles, will probably be a fairly costly one.