Tesla Model S Owner Uncovers Shocking Split A-Pillar After Delivery

A Tesla Model S owner from Toronto, Canada reports that he took delivery of his brand new P90D with a huge split in the A-pillar.

The owner, Snowstorm on the Tesla Motors Club forum, says he happily took delivery of his new car but a few days later, noticed that the aluminum used in the A-pillar had a crack in it. Before you blame the owner for the split, it’s worth noting that there is white paint over and inside the crack, indicating that it left the factory like that.

In a post, the member asks “How can the delivery folks not see this as they are prepping the car? Would have been obvious on a wash. I don’t even know how can the part be replaced without taking apart a lot of things. If I saw this on delivery, I would have asked for a different car…”

The A-pillar of the Model S is a single piece of aluminium that stretches all the way back to the C-pillar and plays in important structural role in the sedan. This crack not only looks bad but is downright dangerous.

The owner says that after contacting Tesla, he was instructed to take the car to a local Tesla body shop to have it evaluated and is currently waiting for an assessment of the defect and a proposed fix. However, he, and other forum members, suggest that the only solution is for Tesla to give him an entirely new car, something we agree with.

One member suggests that given the delivery date of the Model S, the owner may have been a victim of rushing on the part of Tesla as it looked to push out as many vehicles as possible late last year, potentially resulting in poor quality control and lackluster inspections.

We’ll update this story as more details about the defect emerge.


  • Six_Tymes

    that’ll buff out.

  • Jimbo

    “Poor quality control” is one thing, complete failure to detect this at the factory, dealership, on delivery or detecting it and pretending it’ll go away is another thing. This is a spectacular turdsandwich!

  • Astonman

    How did he miss that himself when he took delivery?

    • diesel_vdub

      Probably too excited taking delivery of his new vehicle to look it over.

    • Six_Tymes

      Whoa, good point

    • John S.

      How did he miss it when he was in the drivers seat? He had to look to the right at some time when initially driving the car. I always do a walk around with the salesman before leaving the dealership to look for paint or panel problems. No excuse for the factory or the delivery people, but as an owner I would have been all over them. I refused delivery on a car because they had drilled holes and screwed a dealer nameplate on it while I was signing the papers. I went back and tore them up.

    • dumblikeyou2

      I’m in New York and I can even see that crack all the way up in Toronto from here.

      • Astonman


  • bestofandy

    Its called a dragon tail joint. Tesla’s new innovation.

  • Six Thousand Times

    It’s all lies! Tesla is the best car ever!

    • gary4205


  • john1168

    If true then Tesla needs to give him a new one. If they don’t then he should consult a lawyer.

  • ajw

    Long time ago when Tesla made first roadster many owners complained about quality of Tesla products.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Poor form, Tesla.

  • Bill O

    Missing that kind of defect is a serious QC error. What it looks like is the aluminum had some kind of defect and it cracked when formed into the A pillar.

    There are several steps in the production process where it should have been spotted. If not spotted in production, it should have been spotted in the pre-delivery inspection. A lot of people had to screw up for that car to end up in the customer’s hands like that.

    This is probably a car built in the end of the Q1 rush. I have been concerned with Tesla’s end of the quarter rushes. These pressures come from the stock market investors always looking for increases in production volumes quarter to quarter. If Tesla got the sort of attention other cars got, they probably wouldn’t feel the pressure to do these end of quarter rushes.

  • europeon

    “The execution and quality of the products of Tesla are the same as a German OEM in the 1970s. Their solutions are not the best.”
    – Roberto Fedeli, Maserati’s head of engineering.

  • Akira

    Funny how I said a few weeks ago that they should improve their soviet level build quality before adding stupid easter eggs in their cars… But who cares, Tesla is so great that it’s worth more than Ford.

  • Matthew Daraei

    Tesla’s devotees must have gone crazy.

  • Infinite1

    Not a good look for Tesla

  • BlackPegasus

    Hopefully the Lucid Air will address these quality problems Tesla seems to be struggling with.

  • gary4205

    The hazzards of buying from a fly by night company!

    Things like this are why states have franchise laws that forbid automobile manufacturers from sell directly to the public!

    Any dealership employee would have discovered this on delivery from the factory, and the car would have never been offered for sale!

    • Status

      You think dealers wouldn’t sell a car with quality defects right from the factory? Have you heard of FCA?

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  • TheBelltower

    This is the kind of sloppiness that was common with GM vehicles in the 80s and Hyundais from the early 2000s. Totally not okay for any car to have these issues today. Let alone a $120k car.

    • Six_Tymes

      Hyundais from the 90’s also, their engines would frequently seize without having high miles.

  • I don’t get how this car could leave the factory. Should have been scraped befor assembly. This car should have never been finished. Even less deliverd. The worst is Tesla’s answer, they should be on sorry as F*** and offer him straight away to take his car and give him a new one. This would be any other car maker, it would be a real scandal, a nightmare for the Brand. amazing what Hype around a brand can allow you to do.

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