Tesla Model Y Steering Wheels Detach While Driving

July 13, 2023
Justin Lumiere

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has initiated a preliminary evaluation into two reports of 2023 Tesla Model Y steering wheels detaching while being driven. As per NHTSA documents, both vehicles were delivered without a bolt that secures their wheels to their columns - leaving only friction fit between its splines and those on the column's spline as an anchor point for them to hold securely in place.

Steering Wheel Options

As we all have experienced while driving, clattering noises may come from loose trim pieces or poorly secured cargo. But in two Tesla Model Y drivers' cases, the issue was more serious - their steering wheels dislodged while they were driving! In response to these incidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has initiated a preliminary investigation, impacting about 120,000 2023 Model Y SUVs owned by Tesla.

In both incidents, the steering wheels detached completely from their attachment to column splines and were no longer attached to their vehicles' columns. According to NHTSA reports, both vehicles had been delivered with an incomplete set of retaining bolts, leading to their sudden separation. Though details surrounding each incident remain uncertain, both cars had low mileage when new and were likely delivered with missing retaining bolts at delivery.

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Custom Steering Wheels

NHTSA announced Wednesday that they are investigating two reports of steering wheels falling off vehicles while on the road. NHTSA is aware of two instances in 2023 Model Y vehicles where their steering wheels completely detached from their steering columns after being sold without an attachment retaining bolt.

One driver reported their wheel came loose during highway traffic in Woodbridge, New Jersey and that no cars were behind him so that he was able to safely pull onto a divider barrier.

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