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Fore link suspension failure while driving on the freeway

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Cherrry, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. Cherrry

    Cherrry New Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Model S 75 2017 with only 9500 miles. I got it in Mar of 2017 so it hasn't even been 2 years.

    I was driving on the freeway in the fast lane and about to get into the carpool lane when traffic suddenly came to a halt. I slammed on my brakes and then started to drive again but realized I couldn't. The car shook and there was a loud screeching/grinding sound. Luckily a motorcycle cop happened to come by and called highway patrol and the freeway tow truck so help get me out of the fast lane and across 3 lanes to the right shoulder. Then, I called Tesla roadside to get towed into the dealership.

    The service guy did not seem surprised and diagnosed the problem right away on seeing the car. The left front fore link in the suspension broke. If this was a known issue, I'm wondering why there hasn't been a recall. What if I was driving with my 2 kids? The car is still in the shop now being repaired. Even after the repair, is it safe to be driving a Tesla? Would you guys chance it with your kids in the car and risk that happening on the freeway? Please respond with your opinion. Debating whether to sell my car right now. I don't know if this was a faulty part or faulty design and I see there have been other postings on this catastrophic mechanical failure.

    Attached is a picture of the off centered wheel and damaged tire

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  2. richrootes

    richrootes Member

    Aug 31, 2014
    North Vancouver
    If you’re asking, then you’ve obviously lost confidence in the car - and should probably sell it

    Speaking personally, mine would have to attempt to murder me with a chainsaw before I’d part with it....
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  3. Ande

    Ande Member

    Jul 28, 2017
    It would still be one of the safest car around, with crazy performance that produces smiles every day, and so is good for heart and health.

    On the other side, as a non-dramatic father of 3+6 year old boys:
    "It would not have happened with the kids on board, laws of physics change as hysterical parents transport their spawn, the gross human overpopulation proves that"

    Such faults never happen suddenly, the part could have been damaged earlier, or could be caught in an routine inspection.

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