Earlier today, we reported on Tesla remembering nearly 30,000 Model S and Model X vehicles that were shipped to China over a supposed problem with its suspension.
As we stated in the report, there were a few things that were unusual about this report– mainly the reality that it just affected Model S and Model X vehicles sent out to China in between 2013 and 2017 although those lorries were produced in the US, and Tesla utilized the very same suspension as all other Model S and Model X produced during that duration.
Now, we found out that Tesla disagrees with the Chinese authorities about the requirement to remember those cars and argues that theres no flaw.
Electrek got a letter that Elizabeth H. Mykytiuk, Teslas managing counsel for regulatory affairs, sent to NTHSA to tell them about the recall in China.
In the letter, Mykytiuk alleged that China forced Tesla to issue the recall.
” Due to the opinion of SAMR/DPAC that the topic required a recall in the China market, Tesla was left with the option of either willingly recalling the subject automobiles or bring a heavy burden through the Chinese administrative process. While Tesla disagrees with the viewpoint of SAMR/DPAC, the Company has actually decided not to challenge a recall for the China market just.”
Tesla is arguing that theres actually no problem with its Model S/Model X suspension and that China is generally forcing an unnecessary recall.
Instead of a defect, Tesla puts the blame on motorists.
Mykytiuk wrote in the letter to NHTSA:
” Tesla has actually not identified that a problem exists in either the Front Suspension Aft Link or the Rear Suspension Upper Link and thinks the root cause of the problem is motorist abuse, including that motorist use and expectation for damageability is uniquely serious in the China market. If the client inputs an abuse load (e.g., curb effect, severe hole strike, and so on), then the parts may be harmed, leading either to instant failure or postponed failure from the intensifying results of the initial abuse and subsequent load input.”
Tesla said that the failure in concern took place in less than 0.05% of cars outside of China and in about 0.1% of automobiles in China.
As we previously reported, NHTSA has actually examined a possible concern in Teslas Model S and Model X suspension back in 2016, however they didnt find any flaw.
Heres Teslas letter to NHTSA over the problem in full:
I have two main takeaways here.
First of all, Teslas data does seem to suggest that the failure is two times as more likely to occur in China than anywhere else.
It does seem that an element exterior of Tesla is influencing that– most likely Chinese roadways or chauffeurs– and gives weight to Teslas argument.
And to my 2nd point, the recall is just for vehicles produced up to 2017.
What did Tesla change, if anything, around that time to make the Chinese authorities decide that vehicles prior to 2017 are the only ones impacted by the recall?
That would be good to understand, and it would assist us better understand the situation.
Tesla has no authorities channel of communications for us to reach out to about this.
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