The U.S. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has reportedly started a formal investigation into Tesla Inc. regarding a front suspension safety issue in over 115,000 vehicles. The investigation will involve Tesla’s 2012-2018 year Model S as well as 2016-2018 Model X vehicles, cited sources close to the matter.
The recent development comes after the auto regulator received around 43 complaints regarding the failure of the front suspensions. Reportedly, 32 complaints involved suspension failures in low-speed parking maneuvers, whereas the remaining 11 originated while driving.
In this context, the U.S. auto regulator claimed confirmed that the complaints are an indication of a growing trend, with three of the complaints occurred during highway speeds since the last three months.
If reports are to be believed, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Tesla in the United States District Court in California concerning the failed suspensions in Model S and X vehicles. The lawsuit claimed that the mentioned defects can lead to premature failure of the front and rear suspension control arms.
Tesla had reportedly informed NHTSA that it was recalling around 30,000 Model X and Model S vehicles in China after the Chinese regulators asked for stronger suspension owing to local driving conditions. In addition to this, Tesla is issuing a rear suspension link recall for its Model S vehicles.
However, the electric automaker claims that no suspension issues were detected in the United States. Tesla further mentioned that the defects are exceedingly rare and is unaware of any related deaths, injuries or crashes across the globe.
It is worth mentioning that the NHTSA had recently started a separate probe into Tesla over touchscreen failures in around 159,000 vehicles. According to the auto regulator, the defects could result in loss of rear-camera display while reversing, further reducing rearview visibility.
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