A driver’s worst nightmare came true when Prerak Patel was driving his brand new Tesla Model Y and the steering wheel suddenly fell off in his hands. Five days after delivery, Patel was travelling down a highway near Woodbridge Mall in New Jersey with his wife and kids when the incident occurred. Pictures of the detached wheel show it hanging on by exposed wires, and Patel has since been trying to negotiate a resolution with Tesla’s customer service department.
This isn’t the first time a Tesla owner has had issues with their steering wheel, as another driver reported the same issue in 2020. In both cases, the cars were missing a bolt that connected the wheel to the body of the car. Patel has asked for a refund or a new car, as he does not feel comfortable driving the same one again.
The incident has sparked a discussion on the quality control of Tesla cars, as Patel has been tweeting about the issue and has garnered over two million views. He hopes that by speaking out, Tesla will take accountability and no other family will have to go through the same experience.
Tesla has yet to comment on the incident, but it is clear that the safety of their drivers is a priority. Drivers should take the necessary precautions to ensure that their cars are safe and up to standard before getting behind the wheel.