Quick introduction: my name is Luke and I live in Chicago. Long-time TMC lurker/admirer, first time poster, and a TSLA long. I wanted to get everyone’s opinion in anticipation of the NHTSA announcement. It seems the vast majority of TMC posters anticipate a full clearance by the NHTSA. To be clear, I absolutely believe the MS is safer than any car out there and it’s an absolute joke there is a question mark on its safety. But I worry that the NHTSA will issue at least a partial recall for non-safety reasons. I wanted to share my reasoning, and get your guys’ feedback. 1) Corruption and influence on Washington- It seems that Washington, and the auto-regulators in particular, are a revolving door of conflicting interests. The easiest way to stop Tesla for the auto lobby is to use unjust influence to lobby for a recall. That, and the fact that EVs are a new technology, makes me think the NHTSA could easily be influenced. Does anybody have experience working in a regulatory environment? If so, can you tell us if Tesla will truly get a fair evaluation on the merits of its safety by looking at the statistics and engineering credentials vs. all the f*** hype and politics? 2) Elon making regulators mad- We all remember the “recall” term fiasco last month. It doesn’t seem that Elon and the NHTSA are on the best of terms. And David Friedman, the new NHTSA head, spent lots of his life on fuel cells that Elon called BS. I just worry of a situation like in elementary school where a bad teacher unduly singles out a student he or she doesn’t like. Those are my two main concerns. Not saying I necessarily believe a recall is >10% likely, as it’s been cleared in every other major country, but why don’t these factors worry you guys? It just seems to me that the NHTSA can be so easily swayed, and to cover their own butts, may think “let’s just have Tesla strengthen the battery pack and that way we won’t be blamed for not doing anything ” The NHTSA can’t even approve camera mirrors on cars, what makes everyone think they will give Tesla a truly fair evaluation? Sorry for the long post, would appreciate your opinions to help alleviate me of this worry J!