The US auto safety regulator said on Friday it is discussing heating issues with some Tesla vehicles with the automaker and is evaluating “possible safety issues.”
According to Drive Tesla Canada, a number of Tesla owners have complained that heat pumps do not work in extremely cold temperatures.
The report said the heating issues persisted even after Tesla replaced faulty sensors in heat pumps in some 2020-2021 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles early last year to address the problem.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is “aware of the issue and is continuing to gather information, discuss the issue with Tesla, and evaluate potential safety concerns.”
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.
Canada’s auto safety regulator said Thursday it has opened an investigation into the heating and cooling system of Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles after 16 consumer complaints about cold weather performance.
Transport Canada said it was concerned that a faulty heating and air-conditioning system “could affect the demisting/defrosting of the windshield and thus the driver’s vision.”
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