FEDS UNCOVER TESLA MOTORS LIES AND COVER-UPS ABOUT THEIR CAR SAFETY DEFECTS
The government has reportedly opened a safety investigation into the issue after leaked emails allegedly confirm Tesla was aware of a battery cooling issue.
Officials within Tesla reportedly knew of issues surrounding early batteries and their cooling systems but did not report the defect to the proper regulatory agencies, according to leaked emails.
Business Insider reported last Thursday on the leaked emails that reportedly say faulty cooling tubes for the battery found their way to Tesla Model S vehicles between 2012 and 2016. According to the emails, Tesla ended its relationship with the particular Chinese supplier and began building the tubes itself. But, while it worked with the supplier, it installed the faulty components and sold the EVs anyway.
However, NHTSA told the newspaper it's "well aware" of the reports surrounding the allegedly bad cooling tubes. Owners report the cooling tubes leak and increase the risk of a fire. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Aside from battery woes, the Model S is subject to a separate investigation into. Should the screen fail, it removes the car's backup camera.