The Tesla Model Y May Be Shockingly Unsafe And Underengineered

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This is a serious problem.

Tesla seems to make its way into the news almost every week. Whether it's something positive like its appeal to Americans or something negative like its crappy yoke steering wheel, there's always something going on. Sadly, the vast majority of sensationalist news focuses on the negatives, but when there are so many of them, it's hard to blame the media for ignoring the benefits of owning a Tesla. Sadly, we're here to tell you about another downside to Tesla life. According to Greg Wester, a product manager for various brands who has a penchant for EVs, the Model Y is proving catastrophically unsafe to the point that Tesla is quietly recalling the vehicle.

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The problem is related to control arm joints that have seen their bushings fail within the first 10,000 miles. According to Wester, this is because the Model Y shares suspension components with the Model 3 (a much lighter car) without any upgrades and "no testing". If you've been staying regular with news here on CarBuzz, you'll know that this isn't the first, second, third, or even the fourth time we've reported on Tesla's suspension woes. Way back in 2016, a Model S developed suspension issues, and we've covered countless stories between then and the most recent instances that have led to the automaker coming under official scrutiny.

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While we can live with iffy software in the early stages of a new car's release, its safety is not something to be trifled with. Furthermore, we're not talking about a buggy line of code but a mechanical component and one that has been perfected over more than a century. You'd think that by now, a cutting-edge company like Tesla would be able to get the basics right - especially when lives are at stake.

Before I get utterly annihilated in the comments, let's make one thing clear: Tesla makes phenomenal vehicles. The company has a visionary of a CEO. Its innovations are truly groundbreaking. But until the company permanently resolves quality issues and improves safety across the board, we can't help but remain circumspect about this being the carmaker of the future.

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