NHTSA takes a closer look at Tesla’s steering malfunctions
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is scrutinising 280,000 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in the USA. A total of twelve drivers had reported steering malfunctions.
One Model 3 driver, for example, reported in May that “the vehicle’s steering was stuck and he went off the road, whereupon he crashed into a tree”, writes the news agency Reuters. And a Model Y driver crashed into a shopping centre because he was also unable to steer. All twelve cases involve Model 3s and Model Ys built in 2023.
It is the first step in a formal investigation to determine whether the problem poses an unreasonable safety risk. Before a recall can be required, NHTSA must expand the investigation into a technical analysis.
Tesla has not yet commented on the investigation. But one Tesla driver says his service appointment was postponed due to missing parts. He had also reported a steering malfunction. In the course of this, the carmaker had confirmed “that it is a recently known problem and indicated that the steering rack may need to be completely replaced”.