Tesla Model S Roof Filmed Making A Bid For Freedom

The repair shop hasn’t been named, but it doesn’t look great on Tesla for authorised premises to be responsible for such shoddy work. We should think the company will soon be cutting ties with the third party.

The video has emerged a few weeks on from one Twitter user claiming a brand new Model Y’s roof flew off while the car was being driven on a highway in the US. Tesla hasn’t commented publically on that video, as far as we can make out. However, another Model Y owner has since contacted Business Insider, sharing an email from a Tesla regional service manager concerning roof adhesive.

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“Tesla has selected your car to participate in an engineering quality study…We want to make sure you do not experience any issue with the roof glass and want to inspect and validate proper adhesion,” the email noted. The owner confirmed the roof would need to be “redone” owing to a “safety issue.”

All of this comes as Tesla is recalling over 9000 Model X units due to the lack of primer used when attaching the ‘front applique’ – a trim piece between the roof and windscreen. The NHTSA notes that over time “the adhesion may weaken, causing the applique to separate from the vehicle.”

Quality control issues have dogged Tesla for some time, particularly with the Model Y. In June, a leaked email showed CEO Elon Musk told employees: “It is extremely important for us to ramp up Model Y production and minimize rectification needs.”

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