After Sweden, Norwegian authorities launch an investigation into Tesla car’s suspension failure


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After a series of suspension failures in Tesla cars, Norwegian authorities have launched an investigation into the issue, marking another blow to the electric vehicle (EV) maker’s reputation for safety and reliability. According to Reuters, the Swedish Transport Agency said on Friday that it is investigating Tesla’s suspension failure. The content of the probe is similar to that conducted by the Norwegian traffic safety regulator.

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“We can… confirm that we are also conducting an investigation,” the Swedish Transport Agency said in an emailed statement.

Asked about the Norwegian investigation, the Swedish agency said it had also received “many notifications of similar problems with Tesla-branded vehicles.”

Background

The investigation was triggered by a Reuters report, which found that Tesla control arm failures were a constant problem in Norway, one of the company’s biggest European markets. These failures were blamed on drivers, despite being aware of the defective parts for a long time. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) opened an investigation into Tesla’s Model S and X vehicles, which could potentially lead to another recall.

Tor-Ove Satren, a senior engineer at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA), said the agency began questioning Tesla in September last year. NPRA is asking to evaluate consumer complaints about broken rear lower control arms in Model S and Model X. If it is determined that the vehicles pose a “serious risk,” Tesla may be asked to recall the vehicles and replace parts. However, if there are no safety concerns, the review may be closed. If not, a decision may be made to expand the investigation.

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Suspension Failures

The suspension failures in Tesla vehicles have been a recurring issue, causing concern among drivers and regulators alike. In a lawsuit filed against Tesla last year, it was alleged that the suspension failed on a 2021 Model 3. After the failure, the vehicle’s undercarriage impacted the roadway. This is not the first time Tesla has faced criticism over suspension issues. The company has been accused of misleading messages and customer non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in the past.

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Implications for Tesla

The investigation by the Swedish and Norwegian regulators could have significant implications for Tesla’s reputation and prospects. If the company is found to be responsible for the suspension failures, it may face further legal action. It could also face recalls and damage to its brand image. Also, the probe could potentially lead to increased scrutiny of Tesla’s vehicles. There could be more checks on the manufacturing processes by other regulatory bodies around the world.

Tesla’s Response

In response to the investigation, Tesla has not yet issued a formal statement. However, the company has previously defended its suspension systems. It claims that they are designed to be “incredibly robust” and that the vast majority of issues are due to “driver abuse.”

Conclusion

The probe into Tesla suspension failures by Swedish and Norwegian regulators is quite significant. It highlights the need for increased scrutiny and transparency in the electric vehicle industry. As Tesla continues to expand and innovate, it must address these issues. It must also work to regain the trust of its customers and regulators.

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