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US Regulators Probe Tesla for Model 3 & Model Y Steering Problems

What To Know

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating Tesla, prompted by a series of reports concerning the 2023 model year Model 3 and Model Y vehicles experiencing steering issues.
  • The agency has initiated a preliminary evaluation (PE) following claims from drivers who assert that they either faced difficulties in steering their vehicle or encountered a loss of power steering.
  • According to the NHTSA, five reports have documented incidents of complete inability to steer the vehicle, while seven additional reports have noted a loss of power steering, resulting in increased effort required to control the vehicle.
  • In March, the agency launched a separate investigation after receiving reports of Tesla steering wheels detaching while Model Y vehicles were in operation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating Tesla, prompted by a series of reports concerning the 2023 model year Model 3 and Model Y vehicles experiencing steering issues.

The agency has initiated a preliminary evaluation (PE) following claims from drivers who assert that they either faced difficulties in steering their vehicle or encountered a loss of power steering.

According to the NHTSA, five reports have documented incidents of complete inability to steer the vehicle, while seven additional reports have noted a loss of power steering, resulting in increased effort required to control the vehicle.

The purpose of this PE is to thoroughly assess the extent, frequency, manufacturing processes, and severity associated with this condition.

Fortunately, there have been no reported fatalities or injuries linked to these incidents, as noted by Electrek. Nevertheless, one such incident led to a collision or fire.

Approximately 280,000 vehicles fall within the scope of this investigation, which may potentially lead to a recall. Regrettably, Tesla does not have a communications department available for public comments.

This is not the first instance in which the NHTSA has directed its attention towards Tesla’s safety concerns. In March, the agency launched a separate investigation after receiving reports of Tesla steering wheels detaching while Model Y vehicles were in operation. Furthermore, Tesla has also garnered the attention of the Department of Justice, as they requested documents related to Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features in January.

In addition, just last month, Tesla issued a voluntary recall for over 1,300 Model S, X, and Y vehicles manufactured this year, owing to misaligned cameras. The company addressed the issue, acknowledging that it may render certain active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assist, temporarily unavailable without alerting the driver.

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