The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating reports that 2023 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles experience loss of steering control while driving. Approximately 280,000 vehicles could be affected by this issue, according to the agency. The news was first reported by CNBC.
NHTSA has received 12 complaints regarding loss of steering control and power steering in these vehicles. Five individuals have reported an inability to steer the vehicle, while an additional seven individuals have experienced difficulties due to a loss of power steering.
Vehicle steering lost power steering and the steering is stuck in straight position only while driving. Vehicle can travel only straight line forward or backward and cannot turn. Powering off and on did not help resolve the issue. Had to get the car towed to Tesla service.
Tesla is currently facing various defect investigations, including one related to reports of steering wheels detaching from Model Y SUVs while driving. NHTSA has also received over 800 reports of “phantom braking,” where Tesla vehicles suddenly brake in response to invisible hazards. To address a braking and acceleration problem, the company issued an over-the-air software update to 1.1 million vehicles in China, resulting in some owners filing lawsuits.
“The steering is stuck in a straight position only while driving.”
All automakers encounter defect investigations and recalls. For instance, today Ford had to recall nearly 900,000 F-150 trucks due to potential activation of emergency brakes while driving. However, Tesla stands out with its ability to address certain defects through software updates. Additionally, Tesla has a higher number of recalls compared to other automakers. According to research firm iSeeCars.com’s list of 2022 recalls impacting more than 25 million vehicles, Tesla held four of the top five spots.