Tesla Finally Admits ‘Design Flaw’ in Model 3 Bumpers Falling off in Rain

It took the company only two years to openly acknowledge the issue.
Fabienne Lang
A Tesla Model 3's rear bumper loganjamal/Instagram

Tesla has spoken up and admitted that there is a problem with its Model 3s that were built up to May 2019. The issue is that the body panel of the rear bumpers has been falling off when going through puddles of water. 

The issue has been known for a while now, but it took until now for Tesla to admit to a design flaw, as per Electrek.

The flaw meant that some Tesla Model 3 owners were noticing their rear bumpers falling off when going through water puddles or when heavy rainfall was happening. 


Rear bumper gets wet, falls off immediately

After the rear bumper issue with its Model 3s was made public, Tesla said it would look into the matter. That was roughly two years ago, per Electrek, and just this year the EV-maker admitted its design fault in the matter. 

It's an odd thing to happen, to experience your car losing its rear bumper merely by being wet. Moreover, it was supposedly tricky for certain Tesla owners to have their EVs repaired under the company's warranty after they underwent this problem. The company was pushing back on how deep the water was when the owners drove over these puddles. 

From the footage you see on YouTube and on Twitter, these puddles really weren't very big, and sometimes it was just heavy rainfall that led to the issue. 

It's only after a particular video of a Model 3 losing its rear bumper went viral that Tesla fessed up. Take a look below:

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There won't be any warranty issues

Electrek got their hands on the company's service bulletin, which stated, "In rare instances, certain components on Model 3 vehicles built at the Fremont Factory before May 21, 2019, might be damaged when driving through standing water on a road or highway with poor drainage or pooling water."

"In these rare instances, the rear fascia might detach from the vehicle and harnesses and/or body fasteners/mounts might also be damaged. This document clarifies that damage caused during these instances is covered under warranty," it read.

The good thing is, there won't be any warranty issues anymore.

So if you own a Tesla Model 3 that was built after May 21, 2019, you should be fine come rain or shine. 

This isn't the first issue some Tesla model owners have experienced. Take a look at this brand new Tesla Model Y owner who ended up driving a convertible Tesla after its roof flew off.

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