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Last October, the roof of a brand new Tesla Model Y flew off while it was being driven home from the dealership. Now, a Model 3 owner from California reports her passenger-side rear window popping with seemingly no explanation.

The window burst out just minutes after taking delivery, Inderpal Kaur told Inside EVs recently. She said that she was taking her sister for their first ride when the incident occurred. Fortunately, with no backseat passengers, neither was hit by the glass, but both were a little alarmed at what could have happened.

This is not the first report of windows shattering without warning. Reports started emerging early in 2020 of spontaneously breaking windows in Model 3s, and then there was the Model Y roof incident in October.

Video of the incidents captured the windows exploding outwards with seemingly no reason. Although the video is somewhat grainy, the fact that they burst outward, rather than inward, would seem to suggest that the inciting force wasn’t a pebble or other object striking the window from outside.

Read Also: Tesla’s Business Is Thriving, But Its Servicing Is Far From Flawless

Indeed, Tesla has taken it upon itself to fix Kaur’s window. She reports that she opened a service ticket and received a response on January 4 from a person she said was “really helpful.”

“Although no one has actually taken a look at the car yet, they have hypothesized that it was due to a defect in the window along with the elevated cabin pressure of a new Tesla,” Kaur told Inside EVs.

The windows shattering are part of a larger perception issue that Tesla faces with regards to its build quality. Along with the shattering glass, the company has acknowledged that a design defect can cause Model 3s bumpers to fall off in the rain.

Shattering windows aren’t a uniquely Tesla problem, though. In 2017, reports emerged that a number of brands, including Volkswagen, Hyundai and Ford, had problems with defective sunroofs.

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疫情下的手機、家用電腦晶片需求大增,並壓抑車用晶片產能,已導致日本車廠本田今(8)日宣布,將因晶片短缺而削減日本國內汽車產量,日媒最新報導,另一家日本車廠日產汽車,也受制於晶片短缺問題,而將在本月起削減其最暢銷的 Note 車型產量。

疫情下的手機、家用電腦晶片需求大增,並壓抑車用晶片產能,已導致日本車廠本田今(8)日宣布,將因晶片短缺而削減日本國內汽車產量,日媒最新報導,另一家日本車廠日產汽車,也受制於晶片短缺問題,而將削減其最暢銷的Note車型產量。(歐新社)

《日經新聞》今報導,繼本田之後,日本車廠日產汽車也將因晶片短缺,削減汽車產量。日產將在本月把預計生產 1.5 萬量的 Note 車型產量,削減 5000 輛,並可能會在 2 月繼續執行減產。

報導指出,出於智慧型手機、家用電腦和 5G 基地台的晶片需求增加,導致車用晶片的供應出現停滯,德國大眾汽車(Volkswagen)已在去年 12 月宣布,將削減在中國、北美和歐洲的產量。

另由於德國汽車零組件供應商德國大陸集團(Continental)和博世(Bosch)已承認,其產品交付將因晶片短缺而延遲,預計汽車「缺芯」問題,可能將對該行業造成廣泛影響。

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The Tesla Model Y lineup is expanding as the company has introduced an entry-level Standard Range variant.

Pricing starts at $41,990 which makes it $8,000 cheaper than the Model Y Long Range. However, there are some pretty significant tradeoffs.

First and foremost, the entry-level Model Y has an EPA-estimated range of 244 miles (393 km) which is 82 miles (132 km) less than the Model Y Long Range. The Model Y Standard Range is also rear-wheel drive, while the rest of the lineup is all-wheel drive.

Also Read: Tesla Cuts Model Y Price By $3,000, Updates Performance Model

Besides giving up traction, performance takes a hit as the dash to 60 mph (96 km/h) requires 5.3 seconds. That’s still pretty good, but the Model Y Long Range can accomplish the same task in 4.8 seconds.

The Model Y Standard Range is currently available to order and deliveries are estimated to take between 2-5 weeks. Its arrival is interesting as Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the Model Y Standard Range was axed as the “range would be unacceptably low (< 250 mile EPA).”

There’s no word on why the company suddenly reversed course, but the arrival of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4 could explain things. The Mach-E starts at $42,895 while the ID.4 begins at $39,995. Both are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, which makes them significantly cheaper than the Model Y.

In other news, the Model Y can now be equipped with an optional third-row for $3,000. It adds two seats and an Easy Entry system to improve access to the third-row. While there probably isn’t much legroom, third-row passengers will find a USB-C charging port.

H/T to Electrek