Federal regulators are looking into a potential suspension defect in Tesla’s Model S sedan and whether the company asked customers to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding the issue.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reviewing reports of a potential suspension control arm defect in the Model S, which may cause drivers to lose steering control. The agency has received more than 30 complaints of suspension components breaking since October, and it is examining possible causes.
Some Model S owners’ suspension-related complaints also noted nondisclosure agreements they were asked to sign in exchange for repairs. The automotive blog Daily Kanban posted what it claims is a scanned copy of the confidentiality agreement as well as a few excerpts, which read:
“The Goodwill is being provided to you without any admission of liability or wrongdoing or acceptance of any facts by Tesla, and shall not be treated as or considered evidence of Tesla’s liability with respect to any claim or incidents. You agree to keep confidential our provision of the Goodwill, the terms of this agreement and the incidents or claims leading or related to our provision of the Goodwill. In accepting the Goodwill, you hereby release and discharge Tesla and related persons or entities from any and all claims or damages arising out of or in any way connected with any claims or incidents leading or related to our provision of the Goodwill. You further agree that you will not commence, participate or voluntarily aid in any action at law or in equity or any legal proceeding against Tesla or related persons or entities based upon facts related to the claims or incidents leading to or related to this Goodwill.”
When NHTSA learned of Tesla’s “troublesome nondisclosure agreement,” it immediately informed the company that, “… any language implying that consumers should not contact the agency regarding safety concerns is unacceptable, and NHTSA expects Tesla to eliminate any such language."
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