Tesla claims that Tesla Model S or Model X have no safety defect with the suspensions.
The internet is flooded with numerous stories claiming a potential failure of suspension in Tesla Model S. Various stories were shared and tweeted on the social media that claimed the safety defect in Tesla’s most famous model till date.
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The chaos started when a very anti-Tesla sort of article was published online by Daily Kanban. The article portrayed the story of an individual who supposedly suffered a suspension failure due to rust on the ball joints of the car. This supposed rust lead to suspension failure in the owner’s car.
This story started circulating on the social media and was read by thousands of people. Some of the media personals took it really far by announcing that NHTSA was looking into this matter. Some of them also claimed that Tesla was going to face an investigation due to this serious problem. On the other hand NHTSA did not release any report on the subject matter, according to InsideEvs. Many competitors found this occasion to be perfect in order to pounce on Tesla and model S.
Thus when things got out of hand, Tesla formally released a press statement. This official statement explains that none of the Tesla models are facing any suspension issues. The report said that Tesla motors are safe and secure for all the owners.
They also cleared that the owner that filed the complained, lived in a very muddy place. However still then there were no traces of ball joint rust that could have caused this kind of problem, when his car was looked at.
Tesla also cleared that no action is taken against the company by NHTSA.
"NHTSA has not opened any investigation nor has it even started a “preliminary evaluation,” which is the lowest form of formal investigatory work that it does. On April 20th, as part of what it has told us it considers “routine screening,” NHTSA informally asked us to provide information about our suspensions," Tesla statement reads.
"On April 30th, we provided all relevant information to NHTSA. NHTSA has since told us that we have cooperated fully and that no further information is needed. Neither before nor after this information was provided has NHTSA identified any safety issue with Tesla’s suspensions. This can be confirmed with NHTSA."
Tesla also refused the alleged allegation of offering money to the complaint filer in order to prevent him from complaining. Tesla states that it "has never and would never ask a customer to sign a document to prevent them from talking to NHTSA or any other government agency. That is preposterous."
Tesla also condemned the blog writer Edward Niedermeyer. Tesla said, "It is worth noting that the blogger who fabricated this issue, which then caused negative and incorrect news to be written about Tesla by reputable institutions, is Edward Niedermeyer. This is the same gentle soul who previously wrote a blog titled “Tesla Death Watch,” which starting on May 19, 2008 was counting the days until Tesla’s death. It has now been 2,944 days. We just checked our pulse and, much to his chagrin, appear to be alive. It is probably wise to take Mr. Niedermeyer’s words with at least a small grain of salt."
"We don’t know if Mr. Niedermeyer’s motivation is simply to set a world record for axe-grinding or whether he or his associates have something financial to gain by negatively affecting Tesla’s stock price, but it is important to highlight that there are several billion dollars in short sale bets against Tesla. This means that there is a strong financial incentive to greatly amplify minor issues and to create false issues from whole cloth."
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"Sometimes Tesla does make genuine mistakes," Tesla sates at the end. "We are not and have never claimed to be perfect. However, we strongly believe in trying to do the right thing and, when we fall short, taking immediate corrective action."