Court Disclosure: Tesla “Veered” Crashes a Known Deadly Defect Since 2017

Tesla not only knew its cars were suddenly “veering” and killing owners, it gave this deadly design flaw a name when it decided to not fix it six years ago.

Jonathan Michaels, who represents the passengers, showed jurors a 2017 internal Tesla safety analysis identifying “incorrect steering command” as a defect, involving an “excessive” steering wheel angle.

“They predicted this was going to happen. They knew about it. They named it,” Michaels said. Tesla developed a protocol to deal with customers who experienced it, he said, and instructed employees to accept no liability or responsibility for the problem.

This coverup helps prove one of the reasons, out of the seemingly growing list, why Tesla crash fatally far more than other cars.

The latest ADAS safety data published by the NHTSA indicates Tesla now has a fatality rate of one out of every ten crashes.

In related news, photos of the Tesla Truck are circulating that show a dangerous control arm design failure.

New Tesla Truck control arm before use
Used Tesla Truck control arm after initial use

Control arms are crucial components for safety, yet Tesla continues its terrible record of cheap unreliable designs that fail catastrophically.

“Nice $80k black hole for money that almost got us killed. Thanks a lot Elon.” Complaint filed for safety failure on brand new Tesla. Source: Jalopnik, which also includes a flurry of bizarre Twitter attacks on this complaint as context of “…you really have to hand it to Tesla for inspiring this degree of crazy, evidence-denying loyalty among their fans. […] It’s a strange part to fail, though, really. It is a part subject to intense stresses, but it’s not like it’s particularly complex or poorly understood—this is some Cars 101 shit right here. It’s a control arm. No need to call SpaceX to consult, because this is absolutely not rocket science. This is also the kind of failure, that, were it to happen at speed, could potentially cause a wreck that could result in, potentially, people getting hurt. A week-old car should not have problems like this. Hell, a car a decade or more old shouldn’t have control arms just snapping. This is ridiculous. and the idea that a car with no evidence of a major accident shouldn’t have this covered by warranty is absurd as well.”

Compare a cheap and flimsy stamped metal plate in the new/used Tesla photos above with this known safe truck design. The difference is hopefully obvious.

Properly designed upper control arm for trucks

You might think that Tesla would have thought about this a lot after making over 700,000 Model 3 using an obviously bad design with dangerously failing control arms. But no, they don’t seem to think at all about real safety.

The problem is simple enough to identify: The water channels from the Tesla windshield drain directly onto the control arms on the left and right front corners of the vehicles. Because the OE control arms are a plastic and steel composite component, and had been designed with insufficient moisture protection, the plastic overmold can crack or delaminate, causing water to seep into the ball joint – eventually impacting the lifespan of the part and, in rare cases, compromising steering precision.

Calling it rare cases of failure is being too generous. Even one catasrophic control arm failure is too many.

Related: Dangerous Tesla accelerator pedal design flaw has been unfixed for a decade. Somehow owners are still surprised when it breaks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.