Complaint Number: 11083539
Vehicle Identification Number: UNKNOWN
Your Vehicle's Make Model and Model Year: TESLA MODEL S 2017
Note: Your VIN, make, model, and year are all protected under the Privacy Act.
What part of your car was affected? Suspension
Here is a discussion thread from United Kingdom in which Tesla owners report several cases of snapped suspension ball joints (photographs are included) https://speakev.com/threads/model-s-recall.109425/
SNIP**** There have been a spate of Teslas where the front suspension fails reversing on full lock, for some reason over the icey weather I saw reports of 3 in a matter of days. One hunch is a rubber bush becomes less malleable or brittle in the cold.......I take your point, and forums are a haven for the negatives, but there did seem to be a flurry of them on the Facebook group a couple of weeks ago. I remember one was in the middle of Guildford High Street and the poor owner was berated for blocking a parking space! *** This identical breakage of the ball joint stem has been reported to NHTSA many times before. It is still affecting late model Teslas and it seems that the stem is made from two parts welded together. The fracture usually occurs close to the weld and in the zone that has turned blue from the heat of welding. In addition to the photograph from this discussion forum I have attached a close up photograph of a broken part which has the same failure. I do not believe that Tesla is going to fix this problem voluntarily but rather that they will continue to cover up and deny the breakages.
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When did this happen? 03/01/2018
Was there a Crash? No
Was there a Fire? No
Was there an injury or fatality? No
How fast were you going? (in mph) 20