Tesla Cars heating issue is under evaluation by US regulator due to safety concerns


The US auto safety regulator said on Friday that it was in discussions with the automaker about heating issues in some Tesla vehicles and “evaluating potential safety concerns.”

A number of Tesla owners have complained of heat pumps failing in extremely cold temperatures, according to Drive Tesla Canada.

According to the report, the heater issues even emerged after Tesla replaced faulty sensors in heat pumps in some 2020-2021 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles early last year to fix the problem.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is “aware of the issue and will continue to gather information, discuss the issue with Tesla, and evaluate potential safety concerns.”

Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Canada’s Auto Safety Agency announced Thursday that it has launched an investigation into the heating and cooling system of Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles after receiving 16 consumer complaints about its cold-weather performance.

Transport Canada said it was concerned that a malfunction in the heating and air conditioning system “could affect windshield demisting/defrosting and therefore the driver’s view.”

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