The alert was hard to miss. fairly near to the opposing lane of traffic
and somehow made it to the shopping centre across the street.
A request for comment from Tesla was not immediately complied with.
This is the first stage of a formal investigation to see if the problem constitutes an excessive risk to safety.
Before ordering a recall, NHTSA would need to escalate the probe to an engineering analysis.
Another recent report claimed that in April, a Tesla Model Y that was under 30 days old was involved.
was turned on, the "wheel made a thud and jerked hard to the right."
and a message that read "Steering Assist Reduced" appeared on the screen along with an error code.