No sooner do we report that Tesla is shutting down Fremont to reportedly build another tent-like structure, than video emerges perfectly demonstrating exactly the type of quality one would expect from a vehicle made in an outdoor tent.

A video of a Model 3’s bumper flying off while driving in the rain has started to go viral this week. Hilariously, pro-Tesla blog electrek describes the bumper flying off as a “known issue”, as if when it rains the bumpers of Fords and GMs fly off randomly while driving all the time.

The video has garnered over 1 million YouTube views in just a matter of days. 

“In 2018, when Tesla was still ramping up production of the Model 3, we reported on several owners who had issues with their rear bumpers falling off after driving through rain or water puddles,” the blog wrote on Wednesday.

Although the company said they were investigating it, here we are in 2020 and it still appears to be a major issue. The video description says:

I was driving my Tesla Model 3 in the rain with 2 other people in the car when all of a sudden we heard a big BOOM! I pulled into the nearest parking lot, went out of my car to check what happened and I was in total shock.

Recall back in 2019 we wrote about a flaw that had allowed 35 pounds of dirt to get trapped under a Model 3 bumper in Canada. The Model 3 was found to have a design flaw in its underbody that causes the car to trap and retain dirt, water and sand from roadways.

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Back in 2019, electrek was making excuses for Tesla still, saying that the company has “often been accused of designing cars for the Californian climate” and that water, dirt and sand used to de-ice roads in colder climates are susceptible to getting trapped in the underbody of Model 3 cars. 


“I wish Tesla would address this, but the automaker doesn’t seem to respond to media inquiries anymore,” electrek editor Fred Lambert bemoans at the end of his article about the issue.

Now you know how we feel, Fred.

Via Zerohedge