These are two reports of 120,000 steering wheels becoming detached while driving in the 2023 Tesla Model Y.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (USA) reported that it is opening a preliminary investigation on 120,000 vehicles Tesla 2023 Model Y following two reports of steering wheels coming off while driving.
The US auto safety regulator said the steering wheels of both vehicles, which had low mileage, completely came off. The cars were delivered to owners without the hold down bolt that secures the steering wheel to the steering column.
The agency is opening a preliminary investigation to assess the “extent, frequency, and manufacturing processes associated with this condition.” The investigation is a first step before NHTSA can require a recall.
The agency said it received a complaint from a parent who had purchased a Model Y five days earlier and was on Route 1 South in Woodbridge, New Jersey, on Jan. 29 “and suddenly the steering wheel” fell off. “I was lucky there was no car behind and I was able to pull the separator.”
NHTSA posted a link to a tweet as part of the complaint filing. The post has received more than 2.4 million views on Twitter. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The NHTSA said that “both vehicles received an end-of-the-line repair that required the removal and reinstallation of the steering wheel.”
The agency said a “friction fit maintained the connection between the steering wheel and the column splines during operation until separation. The sudden separation occurred when the force exerted on the steering wheel exceeded the resistance of the friction fit while vehicles They were on the move.”