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Our articles often find the attention of very qualified readers. And for that, we are grateful. You may remember that with our posts about the Tesla Model Y castings , we received fantastic clarifications from the very people that visit InsideEVs. A new case, also surrounding the Model Y , proved that our readers continue to be very helpful. This time, it is related to the possible design flaw that makes the rear hatch more exposed to damage. There is one specific to bumpers.
I doubt that the Model Y rear bumper can meet that challenge and will need to be revised. Someone needs to test compliance with these standards. Who evaluates that? That was what we tried to discover besides whether or not the most affordable Tesla SUV passed these tests.
More than talking about the Model Y design flaw, this article shows many more vehicles may have similar issues, and nobody will ever tell you that because, well, that is basically up to the manufacturers to do so. Its mission is described in this link and below:. OVSC carries out its mission by conducting random compliance testing, and compliance inspections , and by reviewing import data from the Customs and Border Protection Agency, and fuel economy data from the Environmental Protection Agency.
That is instead the responsibility of the vehicle or equipment item's original manufacturer. Motor vehicle manufacturers are not required to submit to NHTSA, and do not submit to NHTSA, information on whether any particular vehicle they manufacture has been manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety and, where applicable, bumper and theft prevention standards. Moreover, there is no way for NHTSA to discern, from the VIN that has been assigned to a vehicle, or from any other identifying characteristic, whether the vehicle was originally manufactured to comply with all applicable standards.
The only way that NHTSA could tell whether a given vehicle has been so manufactured is if the manufacturer has affixed a label to the vehicle certifying its compliance with all applicable standards. According to this statement, the manufacturers are in charge of the tests. How does it enforce certification regulations without checking if they are respected or not? Without proper tests? We wonder how it came out that they did not conform to the standards.
These low-speed bumper tests have found that different bumpers resulted in a large range of repair costs. As with our other consumer ratings crashworthiness evaluations, our goal was to publicize these results to encourage automakers to improve their designs and install bumpers that would actually prevent damage in low-speed crashes.
Young was kind enough to send us a copy of its newsletter called "Status Report. It was an irony to have a Ford as an example. A little earlier, we had noticed by the main picture in an article from Bloomberg that the latest Ford Fusion could also disrespect these bumper standards. Check the image below to understand what we mean.
Just like the Model Y, the Fusion has a trunk lid that integrates into the rear bumper. That could mean any crash there could damage the sheet metal.
But does it? We have searched for complaints and cases and found nothing so far. Luckily, what we did find was that NHTSA does random tests to check compliance, even if not as many as necessary. In fact, the database only has model years up to In that case, the Fusion would probably be there, right? It isn't. If you remember, we suspected that the new compact SUV from Chevrolet might have the same issue the Model Y seems to have.
If Tesla ever made that test with the Model Y, we would be more than happy to show a video or pictures of it in a new article. The problem is that the company does not talk to the press, so it will probably publish such tests in its blog or on Twitter. Again, if it has ever performed them, mind you. What started with the Model Y may prove to be a much broader issue than we could imagine. Sadly, you are probably the one paying the bill for these design flaws, regardless of driving an EV or not.
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