Not the first time Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) Is facing an investigation into the production of his car. On Friday, the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it would investigate the front suspension of about 115,000 electric vehicle manufacturers on safety issues.
The investigation is initially taking the form of an initial evaluation of the vehicles, most notably the company’s 2015 to 2017 Model S sedan and its 2016 to 2017 Model X SUV. The NHTSA received 43 complaints from customers detailing the failure of the left or right suspension for links.
In February 2017, Tesla issued a service bulletin stating that such a failure could occur because, “Some Model S and Model X vehicles may have been built with front suspension for links that do not meet Tesla’s strength specifications.” ”
The company added, “In the event of a link failure, the driver can still maintain control of the vehicle but may approach the tire wheel arch liner.” The company suggested replacing both suspensions for links.
Tesla has not yet commented on the NHTSA announcement.
NHTSA has been investigating various aspects of Tesla vehicles since the beginning of the company’s operations. Earlier this year, for example, the regulator announced that it was looking for reports Failure of media control units (I.e., dashboard touchscreen) in certain Model S and Model X vehicles.
The NHTSA is forced to investigate vehicle-related matters when it receives a significant number of complaints, so leave Tesla alone, nothing out of the ordinary for any manufacturer. So investors are not likely to panic at this latest test, though they should pay close attention to it as it unfolds.
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