The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration () has opened an investigation into following stories of steering wheels falling off whereas on the highway. The company mentioned it is conscious of two stories of the wheel utterly detaching from the steering column within the Mannequin Y autos. It added that the autos have been delivered to their house owners with out the retaining bolt that retains the steering wheel hooked up.
In each instances, solely friction was maintaining the wheel in place till the power exerted on it “overcame the resistance of the friction match whereas the autos have been in movement,” the NHTSA’s Workplace of Defects Investigation mentioned (). The autos every had low mileage.
One proprietor is claimed to have taken supply of their Mannequin Y simply 5 days earlier than the incident. When the wheel indifferent, there was no automobile behind the driving force, who famous on Twitter and in an NHTSA grievance that they have been safely capable of pull onto the divider. There have been no accidents within the incident, which the proprietor mentioned occurred on Route 1 in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in late January.
“Each autos obtained an finish of line restore requiring removing and reinstallation of the steering wheel,” the NHTSA mentioned. The company’s investigation, which covers an estimated 120,000 mannequin yr 2023 autos, will “assess the scope, frequency and manufacturing processes related to this situation.”
Tesla, which now not has a communications division that may be reached for remark, has confronted a number of NHTSA investigations over the previous few years. Final month, the company that Tesla was recalling virtually 363,000 autos over points with the Full Self-Driving software program. The NHTSA mentioned the system might “exceed pace limits or journey by way of intersections in an illegal or unpredictable method.” Tesla mentioned it will concern an over-the-air replace to resolve the problems.
Because the notes, Tesla has needed to concern 20 recollects since January 2022. A number of of the recollects have been mandated by the NHTSA. In November, for example, the automaker over a rear gentle concern (one which was once more remedied by a software program replace). That was Tesla’s second recall in as many days.