Tesla steering wheel tears off while driving: the driver turns to Elon Musk
Twitter/Jasontuatara Tesla steering wheel tears off while driving: the driver turns to Elon Musk
In England in a Tesla Model 3, just one month old, the steering wheel fell while driving. Nobody was harmed in the incident, but the owner of the electric car is understandably "really disappointed" From California car manufacturer.
The travel agency Jason Tuatara was amazed: on a trip through his hometown, the English seaside resort Blackpool, the steering wheel of his brand new Tesla Model 3 fell off. The 43-year-old Tuatara was on the way back from shopping with his husband when the almost incredible happened. "Just when I drove back into our entrance … The steering wheel just fell off!", he reports to the New York Post.Shocked, Tuatara immediately put a tweet on the Tesla CEO Elon Musk, including pictures. "@elonmusk The steering wheel has fallen off today! I’m concerned that the rest of the car will also fall into pieces! It can be examined why this happened in a car that is just over 1 month old? #Teslaserviceissues", wrote Tuatara on the short message platform Twitter.
The loose steering wheel was not the first problem of the Englishman with the US car maker: "We originally had [the car] on 9. September ordered", Tuatara told the New York Post and added that he had wanted a Tesla for eight years. "We were repeatedly told that the car would be delivered next month, but the car just didn’t show up. This happened every month until the end of February, when we were finally informed that the car would only arrive at us in May or maybe even later."Also interesting: German car bosses already know that: Elon Musk ends up for his company in jail?In the end, Tuatara was able to pick up his Model 3 at least ‘at the end of March. "We couldn’t drive much because the Lockdown had started, but still managed around 340 miles [547 kilometers] – including some trips in which my nephews and my niece were sitting in the car", the concerned Tuatara explained.
On the day of the incident "we drove about 20 miles. Fortunately, the [falling of the steering wheel] at the end of our journey happened. It literally hung on wires in my hand. I was completely in shock. My man […] Shouldn’t have believed if he hadn’t seen it with his own eyes."
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After Tuatara had contacted Tesla, the representative of the company was "very surprised to hear what had happened. The lady said she had never heard of it before. The car was picked up within 90 minutes and a one -year Jaguar was borrowed as a replacement car. I was surprised that it wasn’t a Tesla, but apparently this was all the company had".
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The next day the travel agency received his car back – with a firmly attached steering wheel. "Tesla confirmed to me that the steering wheel was not screwed correctly with the body of the car and that they examine what happened during production", said Tuatara. However, trust is still and Tuatara "really disappointed" From Tesla.Suitable for the topic: Pensioners buys used-tesla with 350.000km: German expert shows all defects"I’m slowly sitting behind the steering wheel, and Tesla assured me that it is still the safest car that you can buy in the UK and that it could impossible to happen again. But my trust has been completely shaken by this incident", says Tuatara. "I can’t afford to buy another car […] I am currently not making any money to book vacation for people."The New York Post turned directly to Tesla regarding a comment on the incident, but so far no answer. Site also asked Tesla and is still waiting for a statement from the company.
Consumer Reports also briefly stroked two Tesla models from the list of recommended cars
Tesla is still a very young company compared to the established car manufacturers. Accordingly, there have been complaints from Tesla customers from time to time: reproached paint and scratch already when delivered, uneven distances between the panels and jumped rear windows were the problems that were most frequently mentioned in a survey by Bloomberg under Tesla buyers.
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In February last year, the influential US consumer magazine Consumer Reports took the Tesla series Model 3 and Model S from its list of recommended cars after complaints about the quality and processing of the electric cars. In November 2019, the two series were then added to the consumer report’s recommendation list – after a survey was able to prove that the problems in later series could largely be parked.Other Tesla drivers also complain here and there about the processing quality of the cars. On the Reddit news platform, for example, an ex-Tesla owner complains that the Model S compared to its new Audi e-tron unfinished and out of date "extremely cheap" feels. So far, however, at least there were no further reports about steering wheels that loosened while driving.Model 3 is considered one of the most successful electric cars on the market. Site has already tested the cheap Tesla. You can see the conclusion in the video.This article was written by Tobias Stahl
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