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Tesla is being investigated by US auto safety regulators over complaints that steering wheels have fallen off new Model Y vehicles while driving, according to the latest investigation into Tesla vehicles following an investigation into the automaker’s self-driving software, according to a filing on Wednesday. Has been Mass recall last month.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received complaints that two Model Y vehicles were missing a bolt that holds the wheel to the steering column, resulting in the wheel separating when the SUV was driven. According for filing.

The agency noted that the investigation will cover just over 120,000 vehicles through the 2023 model year.

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one of the complaints Said The steering wheel came off just five days after the vehicle was purchased, an incident that resulted in no injuries.

The agency is also investigating complaints that some Tesla models can suddenly break down for no reason, According A letter sent to Tesla indicated that the agency had received 758 complaints for “unexpected brake activation”.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. forbes,

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362,758. That's how many Tesla vehicles were recalled in February because of concerns about the company's full self-driving feature causing crashes.

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This is not the first time the agency has received complaints of steering wheel separation this year. NHTSA Remembered that More than 1,000 2023 Nissan Ariya steering wheels were ordered in February after complaints that a loose bolt caused the wheel to separate from the steering column.

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Tesla has been investigated several times in recent years by federal regulators, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, including an investigation into the company's self-driving safety claims. NHTSA previously issued a recall of Tesla vehicles and Said Full self-driving systems can cause problems, such as running a stop sign or running a yellow light at an intersection without caution. Agency officials have investigated 35 Tesla crashes linked to the software, noting that those crashes killed 19 people, including two motorcyclists. According to the Associated Press. CEO Elon Musk, who has previously promoted self-driving features as safe, told investors that Tesla vehicles "are not designed for anyone behind the wheel."

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