The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) introduced that it has launched a preliminary investigation into 120,000 Tesla Mannequin Y SUVs following two stunning studies of steering wheels falling off whereas driving.
In keeping with an incident posted on Twitter, a Mannequin Y driver ended up with the steering wheel in his hand after it fully indifferent from the steering column. Tesla quoted the automobile proprietor $103.96 to restore the defect earlier than eradicating the cost. The proprietor was later given a substitute Mannequin Y automobile.
The NHTSA famous that the steering wheels in each 2023 mannequin 12 months autos fully indifferent, regardless of each autos having low mileage.
The report additional elaborates that the retaining bolt that connects the steering wheel to the steering column was lacking in each circumstances when the autos had been delivered to homeowners.
The preliminary investigation goals to find out the “scope, frequency, and manufacturing processes related to this situation.” The investigation is a preliminary step earlier than the NHTSA can order a recall.
Extremely, steering wheels changing into indifferent has previously been reported on different Tesla EV fashions, however these incidents haven’t resulted in a recall for the impacted autos.