National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a formal investigation into an estimated 114,761 Teslas in regard to the front suspension issue.
In addition, Tesla is recalling 29,193 Model S and Model X vehicles in China with potentially faulty front and rear suspensions. The recall is based on a statement from the China State Administration for Market Regulation.
The connecting rods may damage after impacts, and that leads to an accident, if the suspension fails. Tesla built those vehicles between September 17, 2013 and January 15, 2018 at its Fremont factory (CA, USA). The recall doesn’t cover the China-made cars.
The EV automaker will replace connecting links: rear ones in the front suspension, and upper ones in the rear suspension. The involved vehicles may have the both defects or just one of them.
This recall is the fourth one for cars Tesla imported into China. The previous recalls were related to Takata airbags and steering.
Back in September, Tesla wrote to NHTSA saying that driver misuse (a “severe pothole strike”) was a possible reason of the suspension issue.
After the agency received 43 complaints about failures of the front suspension in 2015-2017 Model S and 2016-2017 Model X cars (114,761 units), it has put the investigation into motion.