2022 Tesla Model Y Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical, suspension and brake issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

The 2022 Tesla Model Y is an electric car that continues to make news. While the automaker claims it is “designed for safety,” many owners aren’t in agreement. This EV suffers from issues with the forward collision avoidance and vehicle speed control, leading to serious safety concerns on the road.

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Problems with Forward Collision Avoidance

As a sophisticated electric car, one would expect Tesla to be using the latest technologies for a safer and more controlled ride. Yet, the forward collision avoidance software seems to be causing some problems.

One NHTSA complaint says, “Driving on two-lane highway, speed limit 55 mph, with Tesla traffic aware cruise control enabled. Multiple instances of the car automatically applying heavy braking when cresting a hill or when a large vehicle oncoming. These incidents occurred when there was no traffic immediately ahead in my traveled lane. Luckily there wasn’t a vehicle following me closely or I could’ve been hit from behind.”

When it comes to electronic equipment, Tesla doesn’t have a solid track record. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that the automaker was forced to recall vehicles because of defective touchscreens. Considering this is one of the easiest technologies to master in a vehicle, it only goes to show how subpar these EVs are. The automaker shouldn’t even be allowed to produce remote controlled cars with this information in hand.

Problems with the Vehicle Speed Control

The vehicle speed control systems seem to be causing just as many issues, with drivers worried about their safety.

Another NHTSA complaint says, “When using cruise control on normal two way traffic roads during the day or at night: the car will brake aggressively because of proper oncoming traffic from the other lane. The system has been very poorly designed such that it only works on wide separated highways and there is no way to switch off this feature. I have already had two near accidents where the vehicle behind me didn’t expect my car to slow down so quickly for no reason. This is extremely dangerous.”

It turns out that Tesla doesn’t know how to build any part of a car at all. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V912000 shows that even the suspension is a mess. Tesla has been forced to recall Model Y vehicles because the suspension links can separate because of a fracture. If this happens, stability and control become erratic, making it harder to control the vehicle and increasing the chance of an accident. With this information, it becomes more difficult to figure out how the company can claim the Model Y is “designed for safety.” Who did Musk payoff to be able to claim that?

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About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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