Musk and his team have been served with a class-action lawsuit over the matter.
Tesla may make some of the most desirable electric vehicles on the planet, but the company can't seem to get through any significant period of time without stirring up controversy of some kind.
Unfortunately, the issues are often related to real, significant flaws with its vehicles or associated technologies. Not only was the company sued for uncontrolled acceleration in some Model 3 cars, but another owner had the roof of his new Model Y blow off just hours after the crossover exited the showroom.
The latest issue? Elon Musk's company is now being accused of trying to conceal suspension defects in older Model S and Model X models. The class action lawsuit was filed a week ago on ClassAction.Org.
Owners of these vehicles claim that not only has their safety been endangered by suspension parts that could fail, but that Tesla actually tried to cover up the issue. The cars afflicted were built between 2013 and 2018, with the specific issue traced to front/rear suspension control arm components that cause the wheel to detach from the suspension, inevitably leading to the driver losing control of the vehicle.
Although newer Teslas are supposedly unaffected, another owner of a week-old Model X suffered a shocking suspension failure earlier this year, leading us to question whether the issue is ongoing or not.
According to the report, Tesla claims that the suspension issues were the result of drivers abusing their vehicles, although it must surely take a seriously negligent driver to cause the sort of damage that these owners have seen.
"Tesla is gambling with the lives and safety of hundreds and thousands of additional drivers and passengers whose vehicles' suspension parts [are] at an imminent risk of failure," said a statement from the class action complaint.
The complaint further points to numerous "misleading" statements made by Tesla regarding the suspension issues, as well as the fact that in China, Model S and Model X vehicles were recalled for the same issue, yet the same hasn't unfolded in the US. It remains to be seen whether Tesla changes its stance on the allegations or continues to insist that this was the fault of the customers.