Tesla Model 3 owners file a Class Action suit against the carmaker for paint degradation in cold weather
Elon Musk has been in the news for all the right and wrong reasons. After the news of him and his wife naming his newborn child, two days back he demanded to break up Amazon citing that it was transforming into a dangerous monopoly. But this is one news he would like to avoid in all circumstances. Tesla’s Model 3 owners are filing a class-action suit against the carmaker for paint degradation in cold weather. T
The Tesla Model 3 is the entry-level four-door electric sedan from Elon Musk’s Tesla. It was launched on 28 July 2017. The Tesla Model 3 has a full self-driving capability and runs on electric charge. The Model 3 Standard Range Plus version delivers a range of 250 miles (402 km) and the Long Range versions deliver 322 miles (518 km). Tesla Model 3 is by far the most popular car from Tesla stable and has sold more than 500,000 cars up to March 2020. It has emerged as the most popular car in the United Kingdom the second month running.
Since then, Tesla is working on increasing production capacity Tesla Model 3 but this lawsuit could hamper its expansion plans. It seems that Tesla Model 3 car owners in colder climates of Europe and North America are facing a unique problem with their cars in the cold winter. In towns and cities which have salt and sand on the road and have extremely cold weather, the Tesla Model 3 suffers from color degradation.
The issue is serious as many Model 3 owners have reported surprisingly fast paint degradation at the bottom of their cars.
As you can see from the image, nobody would like their $35,000 Tesla Model 3 to be degraded like this. Many of the Tesla Model 3 owners turned to third-party all-weather paints to stop the degradation. Tesla knows the issue and has already announced an offer to such Model 3 owners whose car paint has degraded. In fact, they have offered the “All-Weather Protection Kit” for free to owners in colder climates
In certain regions where heavy salt, sand, or gravel is used to improve winter road conditions, we’re providing the All-Weather Protection Kit to help protect your paint from stone chips — at no cost. Instructions for self-installation are included.
However, many Tesla 3 Model owners are not happy with their expensive car’s paint degrading. Mainly the users from Canada which has a very cold winter and the authorities use salt and gravel to keep the roads clear of snow.
The Canadian Tesla Model 3 owners have gotten together to file a class-action lawsuit against Tesla Motors which can be viewed here. The lawsuit has been filed by Jean-François Bellerose, a citizen from the Quebec province of Canada.
Bellerose says that he filed the lawsuit after they refused to repair the accelerated paint deterioration on his less-than-a-year-old Tesla Model 3 last February after going through its first winter. Bellerose says that Tesla refused to address the serious issue even though his newly bought Tesla Model 3 was under warranty. He states in the lawsuit that he was quoted $4,700 by a local car repair shop to fix the paint and corrosion at the bottom of his car.
Bellerose finally decided to file a complaint against Tesla after it’ s cold response to his problems. Now he has invited other Model 3 owners from the cold areas facing the same issue to participate in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit asks for Tesla to pay the difference between the price of the car and the diminished value due to the paint issues, which would basically add up to the cost of fixing the issue, and an extra $500 to every owner affected. There are approximately 100,000 Tesla 3 Models bought by owners living in cooler climes. If the lawsuit is successful, it could cost Tesla approximately $10 to $25 million in damages.