Tesla is arguing that there’s truly no defect with its Mannequin S/Mannequin X suspension and that China is principally forcing an pointless recall.

Earlier at the moment, we reported on Tesla recalling almost 30,000 Model S and Model X vehicles that had been shipped to China over an alleged difficulty with its suspension.

As we acknowledged within the report, there have been a number of issues that had been unusual about this report — primarily the truth that it solely affected Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles despatched to China between 2013 and 2017 although these automobiles had been produced within the US, and Tesla used the identical suspension as all different Mannequin S and Mannequin X produced throughout that interval.

However now, we realized that Tesla disagrees with the Chinese language authorities about the necessity to recall these automobiles and argues that there’s no defect.

Electrek obtained a letter that Elizabeth H. Mykytiuk, Tesla’s managing counsel for regulatory affairs, despatched to NTHSA to inform them in regards to the recall in China.

Within the letter, Mykytiuk alleged that China compelled Tesla to difficulty the recall.

“As a result of opinion of SAMR/DPAC that the subject required a recall within the China market, Tesla was left with the selection of both voluntarily recalling the topic automobiles or carrying a heavy burden by way of the Chinese language administrative course of. Whereas Tesla disagrees with the opinion of SAMR/DPAC, the Firm has determined to not dispute a recall for the China market solely.”

As an alternative of a defect, Tesla places the blame on drivers.

Mykytiuk wrote within the letter to NHTSA:

“Tesla has not decided {that a} defect exists in both the Entrance Suspension Aft Hyperlink or the Rear Suspension Higher Hyperlink and believes the foundation explanation for the problem is driver abuse, together with that driver utilization and expectation for damageability is uniquely extreme within the China market. If the client inputs an abuse load (e.g., curb impression, extreme pothole strike, and so forth.), then the elements could also be broken, main both to fast failure or delayed failure from the compounding results of the preliminary abuse and subsequent load enter.”

Tesla mentioned that the failure in query occurred in lower than 0.05% of automobiles exterior of China and in about 0.1% of automobiles in China.

As we beforehand reported, NHTSA has investigated a possible difficulty in Tesla’s Mannequin S and Mannequin X suspension again in 2016, however they didn’t discover any defect.

Right here’s Tesla’s letter to NHTSA over the problem in full:

Electrek’s Take

I’ve two foremost takeaways right here.

First off, Tesla’s knowledge does appear to point that the failure is twice as extra more likely to occur in China than wherever else.

Subsequently, it does appear {that a} issue exterior of Tesla is influencing that — doubtless Chinese language roads or drivers — and offers weight to Tesla’s argument.

Nonetheless, and to my second level, the recall is just for automobiles produced as much as 2017.

What did Tesla change, if something, round that point to make the Chinese language authorities resolve that automobiles previous to 2017 are the one ones affected by the recall?

That may be good to know, and it could assist us higher perceive the scenario.

Sadly, Tesla has no official channel of communications for us to succeed in out to about this.

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