Owners of the impressively quick Tesla Model S Plaid are taking to social media to complain that they have an issue with one aspect of their vehicles. More specifically, the material covering the controversial steering yoke is reportedly falling apart at an alarming rate.
Several Twitter personalities and posters on the Tesla Motors Club forum have complained of the problem that sees the material around the hand grips on the steering yoke flaking off and leaving unsightly imperfections.
The problem, so far, appears to be an exclusively aesthetic one, but it’s an issue that is happening surprisingly quickly. An owner on Tesla Motors Club complained that the material starting shedding after he had owned the car for just six months.
— The Kilowatts (@klwtts) July 30, 2022
Electric vehicle content creators The Kilowatts revealed on Twitter that the yoke in their Long Range Model S started disintegrating after just 24,500 miles (39,429 km), as first spotted by The Drive.
TikTok creator @jf.okay, meanwhile, took to Twitter to complain that the material on their steering yoke was peeling after they had owned the car for just 12,000 miles (19,312 km). Another owner replied to that thread, claiming that his steering yoke had started falling apart after just 4,000 miles (6,437 km).
Twitter posters replying to the thread quickly accused @jf.okay of using the steering wheel incorrectly, pointing to apparent creases that may have been caused by fingernails. Others still pointed to the use of the wrong hand lotion or hand sanitizer, components of which, they claimed, could speed the deterioration of the material. Unless they’re washing their hands with hydrochloric acid, though, it likely shouldn’t have this effect on the steering wheel this quickly.
The part’s lack of durability is made all the more disappointing by the fact that the Tesla Model S starts at more than $95,000 and the Model S Plaid starts at $135,990. With MSRPs that put them in competition with luxury vehicles, issues with quality are all the more glaring.
same issue – mine started at 4k miles
— Meet Kevin (@realMeetKevin) August 23, 2022