Tesla sues supplier over Model X falcon doors

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Tesla was not happy at all with the former company which undertook the job to build Model X falcon doors, suing the supplier for its inability to deliver the “wings” according to the automaker’s standards.

The second Tesla “green” car finally made its public debut in the fall, but Model X emerged with two years after the automaker said its production would start. This was quite a setback, as such a delay came during a period in which the demand for crossovers and SUVs kept rising. The postponement was obviously not in Tesla’s initial plans and now the company seems to point fingers, not straightforward at least. The electric automaker filed a lawsuit against a German parts supplier for not been able to design and build at proper standards the falcon doors of its Model X. Hoerbiger Automotive Comfort Systems, a producer of automotive parts, including hydraulic systems for trunk lids, liftgates and convertibles, signed a contract for building the “wings” in February 2014. Tesla claims Hoerbiger did not deliver acceptable doors until May 2015, when a new supplier has been brought in.

The suit alleges that Hoerbiger’s early design had many flaws and the doors “sagged beyond Tesla’s specified tolerance levels and did not open with the speed or symmetry.” After the contract was abruptly terminated, the supplier was compensated with 3 million dollars, now seeking to get more from Tesla. The automaker wants to prevent Hoerbiger from asking more payments and calls the Court to rule on whether it has broken its contracts with the supplier. “We were forced to file this lawsuit after Hoerbiger decided to ignore their contracts with us and instead demanded a large sum of money to which they are not entitled,” a Tesla spokesperson said. The electric maker is also seeking for compensation, as it “incurred millions of dollars in damages,” including costs to retool for the Model X, and “premium payments” to a new supplier.

Via Automotive News