National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Opens Investigation into Tesla Vehicles Suspension Issues

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Friday morning it had opened an investigation into nearly 120,000 Tesla vehicles over a front suspension safety issue.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Friday morning it had opened an investigation into nearly 120,000 Tesla vehicles over a front suspension safety issue.

The auto safety regulator pointed out it was officially opening a preliminary evaluation into 2015-2017 Model S and 2016-2017 Model X vehicles after receiving 43 complaints alleging failure of the left or right front suspension fore links. It added that Tesla in February 2017 issued a service bulletin describing a manufacturing condition that may result in front suspension for link failures.

The agency said 32 complaints involve failures that occurred during low-speed parking maneuvers, while 11 occurred while driving, pointing out that another eight complaints may also involve the same issue with the Tesla vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also explained that “the complaints appear to indicate an increasing trend, with… three of the incidents at highway speeds reported within the last three months.”


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