(RightIsRight.co) – In an effort to challenge a prominent conservative voice and hinder a leading company’s growth, leftwing Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) demanded Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, to recall any steering and suspension components that they claim present a safety hazard.
A recent “alarming” investigation by Reuters reported that despite knowing that parts were defective, Tesla attributes frequent component failures to driver error.
In their letter, the senators expressed concern about Tesla’s alleged awareness of safety defects in its vehicles. They also criticized the company’s purported efforts to hide the true causes of these defects from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The senators called on Musk to address and rectify what they describe as “apparent false and misleading representations” made to the safety agency.
The Reuters investigation claimed that Tesla had consistently blamed drivers for the recurrent failures of defective parts in its electric vehicles, saying these issues were due to “abuse” like hitting a curb.
According to Reuters, Tesla’s engineers had been monitoring frequent failures of various suspension, steering, and axle parts for years, often in relatively new vehicles. As the company grappled with escalating warranty costs, it allegedly instructed its service managers to reassure customers that the parts were not at fault.
“We are disturbed that you would blame your customers for these failures,” the senators’ letter firmly states. The senators criticized Tesla for attempting to shift the responsibility for the quality issues of its vehicles onto consumers and employing this flawed justification in communications with the NHTSA.
Additionally, international regulatory attention is being drawn to Tesla’s suspension issues. Sweden’s Transport Agency is initiating an investigation similar to one in Norway, where authorities are examining consumer complaints about lower rear control arm failures in Tesla’s Model S and X vehicles.
Senators Markey and Blumenthal have previously discussed Tesla’s marketing strategies and the safety of its automated driving technology. In April, they questioned Musk about another Reuters report, which disclosed that Tesla employees had internally shared private and sometimes deeply invasive recordings from customers’ car cameras.
Neither Musk nor Tesla had responded to inquiries regarding the senators’ letter nor addressed detailed questions from Reuters for the investigation.