Even Tesla detractors would have to concede that the company isn’t afraid to be painfully honest about its mistakes, no matter how bad the resulting PR might be. Whether it’s Elon Musk admitting that the Model X design was too ambitious or the company issuing a voluntary recall for the Model S this past November, Tesla has always been upfront and honest about its missteps.
That said, a strange story about Tesla began to gain traction in the mainstream press late this week. According to a report from Reuters, the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently began probing reports about worrisome suspension issues on the Tesla Model S that could result in drivers losing control while driving. What’s more, the report claims that Tesla may have gone so far as to force a Tesla owner with suspension problems to sign an NDA in exchange for repairs. In other words, Tesla was allegedly willing to fix the problem so long as the owner agreed not to contact the government of the NHTSA about it.