Tesla ADMITS that the suspensions are defective


#1

In August 2015 I filed the first complaint about Tesla suspension failures.
I continued to file over 200 more complaints up until February 2019.
In June 2016 Elon Musk called my complaints fraudulent and claimed that NHTSA had confirmed there was no problem with the suspensions.

Between 2015 and the present time there have been several fatal crashes that appear to have been caused by broken suspensions.

There have been many complaints from owners posted on the forums that show photographs of broken suspensions. These complaints are still coming in to the present day.

I have recently discovered Technical Service Bulletins issued by Tesla which admit there are weaknesses in both the front and rear suspensions.
These TSBs have not been publicised and the majority of cars in the Tesla fleet are still using the highly dangerous parts.

It is my firm opinion that not just the parts covered in the TSB are dangerously weak but that in fact every single part of the Tesla suspensions are inherently weak due to the poor choice of materials.
(extruded and low pressure cast Aluminium)

NHTSA should insist on an immediate recall and not just rely upon Tesla to perform a “non-urgent, not safety related” partial remedy.

Here are the Technical Service Bulletins.


TSB2

PLEASE FORWARD THIS IMPORTANT WARNING TO ALL TESLA OWNERS AND TO ANY NEWS REPORTER THAT IS PREPARED TO LISTEN.

MANY PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN KILLED BY THESE FAILURES AND MANY MORE WILL DIE UNLESS ACTION IS TAKEN.

IT IS INEXCUSABLE THAT NHTSA HAS NOT ALREADY DEMANDED A RECALL.


#2

TSB does not even address this well known failure.
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To see more examples of suspension failures visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/136377865@N05/sets/72157658490111523/


#3

Fresh complaint of suspension failure on 2017 Model S.
This problem does not just affect certain early manufacture date cars.
It affects ALL Teslas.


April 6, 2019 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11194264
Components: SUSPENSION

NHTSA ID Number: 11194264

Incident Date March 25, 2019

Consumer Location SANTEE, CA

Vehicle Identification Number 5YJSA1E17HF****

Summary of Complaint

CRASHNo

FIRENo

INJURIES0

DEATHS0

WHILE REVERSING MY VEHICLE OUT OF MY DRIVEWAY WITH THE STEERING WHEEL TURNED ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT, A LOUD SNAPPING SOUND WAS HEARD FROM THE FRONT DRIVER?S SIDE TIRE. UPON INSPECTION, THE CAUSE OF THE SOUND WAS NOT VISIBLE.

I CONTINUED DRIVING A FEW MILES WHILE LISTENING FOR ANY CHANGES TO THE VEHICLE. A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD, I PREPARED TO ENTER THE FREEWAY. AS I DEPRESSED THE BRAKE PEDAL, THERE WAS A LOUD GRINDING NOISE EMITTING FROM THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE.

I PULLED THE VEHICLE OFF TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND CALLED TESLA ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE. I ADVISED THEM OF MY OBSERVATIONS AND WAS ISSUED A PRELIMINARY DIAGNOSIS OF DEBRIS IN THE BRAKE CALIPER. I PROCEEDED TO DRIVE MY CAR TO A HIGH-PRESSURE WASHING STATION TO REMOVE THE DEBRIS.

WHILE PARKING AT MY DESTINATION, I NOTICED MY STEERING WHEEL REQUIRED A BIT MORE FORCE TO DURN THE WHEEL; AS I WAS ENCOUNTERING MORE RESISTANCE THAN USUAL WHILE STEERING THE VEHICLE.

I GOT OUT AND LOOKED AT THE FRONT DRIVER?S SIDE WHEEL WHILE THE STEERING WHEEL WAS TURNED ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT. I NOTICED A HOLE APPROXIMATELY 2? TALL AND 1? WIDE HAD BEEN WORN THROUGH THE WHEEL WELL LINER BEHIND THE REAR OF THE TIRE. THROUGH THE HOLE, I SAW SOME WIRE COVERINGS AND A PIECE OF THE VEHICLE?S ALUMINUM FRAME. I ALSO OBSERVED THE WHEEL WOULD RUB UP AGAINST THE EXPOSED METAL FRAME WHEN THE STEERING WHEEL WAS TURNED.

I CALLED TESLA ROADSIDE AGAIN AND UPDATED THEM OF MY FINDINGS. THE CAR WAS TOWED TO THE SERVICE CENTER AND SUBSEQUENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH A BROKEN FORE-LINK ON THE FRONT DRIVER?S SIDE SUSPENSION. THE FORE-LINKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE VEHICLE WERE REPLACED, AS WELL AS THE WHEEL WELL LINER.


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