Monday, 20 July 2020 21:39

Watch This Tesla Model 3 Rear Bumper Fly Off After Driving Through a Puddle

Written by Gustavo Henrique Ruffo, Inside EVs


When we wrote about Tesla Model 3 units losing their rear bumpers back in 2018, we hoped the company would investigate "the issue to understand what caused it," as it promised.

When Tesla used to talk to the press, it also said it would contact its "customers to resolve this and ensure they are satisfied." That implies the issue would no longer happen, but it did.


Logan Derouanna even had Tesla's help to film everything, as you can see.



What the video shows is his 2019 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus---bought in March 2019 and with only 14,000 miles on the clock---spontaneously lose its bumper after hitting a puddle. At least it did not see water coming out of the A-pillar.


"I was driving in the rain with my girlfriend and her father, decelerating about to make a right turn (going into the turn lane) when all of a sudden we heard a big noise," Derouanna said. "I thought we got rear-ended. I pulled into the nearest parking lot and went outside, and the whole back of my car was off."


You can see Derouanna was at the same speed as the cars that come from behind when the accident happens.


"I was in shock. I took pictures and watched the video right away," Derouanna said. "Then I called the Tesla Roadside Assistance and walked over to where it happened. I watched dozens of cars drive over the same spot with no issues."


But Roadside Assistance never arrived.


"I waited for them for over an hour, so I decided to call. They told me they were sending me a quote for how much it would cost," Derouanna said. "I asked if they could cover it, and I kept getting transferred and transferred and transferred… One person told me it was an act of God."

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