Tesla (Sort Of) Recognizes Model 3 Rear Bumper Has A Design Flaw

Tow hitch access cutout could have solved the matter, but did it? The answer is no.

InsideEVs reported the first case of a Tesla Model 3 losing its rear bumper on rainy days back on August 13, 2018. Rithesh Nair tweeted that he had his car for half an hour and was bringing it back home when the bumper came off. More cases followed until Tesla decided to recognize the Model 3’s rear bumper had a design flaw in a service bulletin. Well, sort of.

The tone of the document obtained by Electrek is still pretty defensive and unapologetic. It states that those issues occur “in rare instances,” which is not accurate. It is more common than it should be.