When Tesla introduced the steering column in the Model S and Model X, it caused quite a stir in the automotive world because the steering column changed the concept of the traditional steering wheel. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the odd shape and concerns about the practicality of the steering fork. Now, a new issue has surfaced surrounding the steering fork, and that is the quality of the materials used. Tesla will reportedly address this by launching a new yoke with improved materials later this year.
Several Tesla Model S and Model X owners have complained that their cars’ steering stems are rapidly degrading, especially the surface material. The EV maker says it is developing a new steering fork with higher-quality materials that will address this issue. The new steering fork is expected to be launched in the next few months. A post on Reddit shows a Tesla service representative telling a customer about the development of a new yoke with an improved material.
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Several Tesla Model S and Model X owners have posted photos and videos online showing material peeling and delamination from their vehicles’ steering forks. While it’s not a safety issue, it’s a disappointing concern for buyers of vehicles valued at more than $100,000. Tesla provided replacement parts, but many owners reported that the problem recurred with their new steering forks.
It appears that the problem with the steering fork stems from the vegan leather used. Although Tesla provided its customers with replacement parts, many reported that the problem persisted even with new steering forks.
While the conversation, posted online, was informal between a Tesla owner and a Tesla service executive, the electric automaker has not commented on the issue or the updated steering yoke it plans to roll out in a few months. Make any formal statement.
First published date: April 13, 2023 at 10:40 am IST