NHTSA assesses Tesla heating issues for ‘potential safety issues’

San Francisco – The U.S. auto safety regulator said Friday it was discussing heating issues with some Tesla vehicles with the automaker and assessing “potential safety issues.”

According to Drive Tesla Canada, a number of Tesla owners have complained about heat pumps failing in extremely cold temperatures.

The report says the heating issues occurred even after Tesla early last year replaced faulty sensors in the heat pumps of some 2020-2021 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to fix the problem.

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

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

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 following 16 consumer complaints about its cold weather performance.

Transport Canada has expressed concern that a faulty heating and air conditioning system “could affect the demisting/defrosting of the windshield and therefore the driver’s visibility”.

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