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Tesla under investigation for Model 3 and Model Y steering wheels that freeze up

Tesla Model 3 interior
Photo by James Bareham / The Verge

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is probing reports that 2023 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles lose their steering control while driving. Approximately 280,000 vehicles could be affected by the results of the investigation, the agency reports. The news was first reported by CNBC.

NHTSA says it has received 12 complaints alleging loss of steering control and power steering in the vehicles. Five people filed complaints alleging an inability to steer the vehicle, while an additional seven people said a loss of power resulted in steering difficulties.

One complaint reads:

Vehicle steering lost power steering and the steering is stuck in straight position only while driving. Vehicle can travel only straight line…

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