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NHTSA closes investigation into Tesla suspension failures,

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On: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 4:33PM | By: Carl Malek

NHTSA closes investigation into Tesla suspension failures,

Following several recent reports of suspension failure in Tesla's Model S, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has closed its investigation into the matter, stating that the majority of the complaints were false; it also clarified Tesla's position regarding its scrutinized Goodwill agreements.

In a statement released late last week a spokesperson for the NHTSA announced that the agency did not find any safety problems with the suspension design of the Model S. The statement also said Tesla would clarify the text that the company used in its Goodwill Agreements with customers. The NHTSA involvement began a few weeks ago after a blog post claimed alleged there was a pattern of suspension failures and defects on the Model S; the blog cited one real example of a suspension failure as well as several other complaints; those complaints have been revealed to be false and misleading. These initial posts, as well as the coverage that was done by several media outlets, prompted the NHTSA to step in and look into the situation.

While the NHTSA has formally closed its investigation, this has not stopped Tesla CEO Elon Musk from issuing his own comments on the matter via twitter stating that there was something suspicious going on with regards to the suspension complaints. A key piece of evidence that adds some legs to Musk's argument is that 37 out of the 40 complaints that were logged were not made by separate vehicle owners, but rather by an intriguing individual named Keef Leech. Leech, who is also known as Keef Wivaneff among other aliases, has a track record of posting online comments targeting Tesla and other green firms, while also repeatedly asserting his claim as an individual who "busts green scams."

Leech also appears to have a particular fascination with Musk's other businesses, including SpaceX; the Australian claims that SpaceX faked the recent landing of its booster rocket on a drone-operated barge in the Atlantic Ocean.



Keef Wivaneff | 2:57AM (Mon, Jun 27, 2016)

While the NHTSA has formally closed its investigation,.....................

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