Elon Musk is declaring the controversy that erupted over reports of Tesla Design S suspension failures to be over, done, finished, finito.
The Tesla founder and CEO fired off a string of tweets late Friday, saying that the National Freeway Transportation Safety Management was done looking into the matter, and added that the majority of complaints were found to become fraudulent.
Yesterday, TTAC examined the details of the case which sparked accusations of the serious Model S safety issue along with a cover-up on the part of the car maker. The firestorm of debate, ignited by a?Daily Kanban blog post by ex-TTAC editor Ed Neidermeyer, centered on a Pennsylvania man whose The year 2013 Model S skilled an unusual upper ball joint failure.
A non-disclosure terms in the “goodwill agreement” passed to the owner throughout the vehicle’s repair procedure raised even more questions. The NHTSA, which had been contacted by Tesla owners along with other individuals, examined the word what in the document and announced it was looking into the suspension issue.
While this was going on, Tesla fired back at critics with a lengthy as well as unusually harsh article of its own, question there was a safety issue and singling out Neidermeyer with regard to his post.
It right now looks like Musk wants the final say on the issue. Taking to Twitter last night, he introduced, “NHTSA confirmed today that they found no security concern with the Model S suspension and have no further need for data from us on this matter.”
He then added, “Of greater concern: 37 of 40 suspension issues to NHTSA were fraudulent, i.e. false location or vehicle identification numbers were utilised.” Musk then questioned the actual intentions of those who created false complaints.
Looking in to the issue, TTAC’s Mark Stevenson and Bozi Tatarevic found that the non-disclosure agreement, while unusual, was likely unenforceable. The actual automaker would have a potentially ruinous PR catastrophe on its fingers if it tried to quiet consumer complaints.
The suspensions failure that led to the controversy looked to be the effect of a damaged rubber ball joint boot which allowed water and road salt to enter the ball joint, ultimately leading to it’s premature failure. The actual damaged boot continues to be a mystery?- it might have been compromised if this left the factory or damaged when the owner drove his Model S lower rutted Pennsylvania roads.