Tesla beneath investigation after steering wheels come off whereas driving

A mannequin new Tesla proprietor was shocked when his automotive’s steering wheel snapped off whereas he was driving collectively along with his family.

The malfunction occurred on Jan. 29 as Prerak Patel and his partner and children have been driving residence from buying at Woodbridge Mall.

Luckily, no autos have been behind and Patel was able to pull over to the facet by the divider, in keeping with posts on his Twitter (@preneh24) account. Footage from that day current the steering wheel in Patel’s Tesla Model Y SUV, which he bought merely 5 days earlier, left hanging by solely its wires. 

“Family was excited to acquire Tesla Y provide on 1/24/2023. Was driving on freeway and all the sudden steering wheel fall off, was lucky adequate there was no vehicle behind and I was able to pull on devider [sic],” he said in a tweet that was directed at Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, amongst others.

Decrease than per week later, a Tesla service center billed Patel $103.96 to restore the faulty steering wheel.

“Am I answerable for manufacturing defect? It’s not even week and getting bill for faulty steering wheel. Isn’t it agency’s obligation to restore it? I would considerably acknowledge refund and preserve the car as we misplaced perception and family shouldn’t be feeling protected driving it once more,” Patel tweeted at Musk afterward.

After Patel requested a full refund, the service center eradicated the associated fee and educated him that whereas Tesla doesn’t have a return protection, he ought to achieve out to the product sales and provide division for various decisions.

Two days after the incident, on Jan. 31, Patel allegedly acquired a reputation from a Tesla dealership with an apology and two decisions: each preserve his vehicle with an assurance the steering wheel wouldn’t unexpectedly detach as soon as extra or change his earlier vehicle with a model new one. 

He uploaded a poll to Twitter, and out of 6,120 entire voters, 83% voted that he must get a various vehicle.

Patel acquired his various Model Y vehicle on Feb. 23, importing two pictures of him and his partner in entrance of their new white SUV onto Twitter. That exact same day, Patel moreover said that he acquired a reputation from the Nationwide Freeway Website guests Safety Administration (NHTSA) defect investigation workforce, informing him that they’ve been making an attempt into the matter.

“My predominant intent is principally to confirm this doesn’t happen to another family, what occurred to us,” Patel said, in keeping with NJ Advance Media. “They should study this and guarantee what they did unsuitable doesn’t happen as soon as extra.”

The Model Y is Tesla’s hottest automotive, and the 2023 model prices fluctuate from $50,000-$90,000.

U.S. auto safety regulators are literally investigating Tesla after receiving two experiences of steering wheels coming off whereas in operation. 

The NHTSA says they’ll be making an attempt into all 2023 fashions — an estimated 120,000 cars.

In every complaints of steering wheel detachment, a bolt that holds the wheel and the steering column was found to be missing, in keeping with the corporate. In a press launch posted on Wednesday, the corporate moreover said that in every circumstances the SUVs had low mileage.

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