U.S. auto regulator considering heating issues of Tesla vehicles

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U.S. auto regulator considering heating issues of Tesla vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 14, Reuters - The U.S. auto safety regulator said on Friday that it is considering heating issues of some Tesla vehicles with the automaker and evaluating potential safety concerns. According to Drive Tesla Canada, a number of Tesla owners complained that their heat pumps are failing in extreme cold temperatures.

The heating problems happened even after Tesla replaced faulty sensors in heat pumps in some 2020 -- 2021 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles early last year to address the issue, according to the report.

The NHTSA, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said it was aware of the issue and is continuing to gather information, discuss the issue with Tesla and evaluate potential safety concerns. Canada's auto safety regulator said on Thursday it has opened an investigation into the heating and cooling system of Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles after 16 consumer complaints about its performance during cold weather.

Transport Canada said that it was concerned that a malfunctioning heating and air-conditioning system could affect windshield defogging defrosting and therefore driver visibility.