The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating whether the faulty suspension that affects nearly 115,000 Tesla vehicles can damage tires.
The agency said it received 43 complaints about the Tesla Model S from 2015 to 2017 and the Model X from 2016 to 2017.
The NHTSA said 32 of the complaints involve malfunctions that occurred during slow-speed parking maneuvers and 11 while driving, four of them at highway speeds.
« The complaints appear to indicate a growing trend, with 34 complaints received in the past two years and three of the highway speed incidents reported in the past three months, » the agency said.
In a 2017 service bulletin, Tesla said: “Some Model S and Model X vehicles may have been manufactured with front suspension links that do not meet Tesla’s strength specifications. In the event of a link failure, the driver can still maintain control of the vehicle, but the tire can come into contact with the wheel arch liner.
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