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Transport Canada is reportedly investigating complaints from Canadian Tesla drivers citing performance issues with Model 3 and Model Y heating systems during cold weather.

Specifically, 16 complaints have been raised regarding the malfunction of the heating and air-conditioning system in select Tesla vehicles. Transport Canada notes that these issues could potentially “affect windshield defogging/defrosting and therefore driver visibility.”

“A company is required to notify Transport Canada and all current owners when they become aware of a defect that could affect the safety of a person,” said the auto regulator in a statement. “These notices are commonly referred to as ‘safety recalls.”

Apparently, a number of Canadian Tesla owners have expressed concerns relating to the performance of Tesla heat pumps in extreme cold temperatures. Reports on the issue indicate that the heating problems persisted even after Tesla replaced faulty sensors in heat pumps in some 2020-2021 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. Notably, mention of this dysfunction is in direct contrast to Elon Musk’s tweet in 2020, in which he noted that the Model Y heat pump is some of the best engineering he’s seen in awhile.

At this time, Tesla Inc. has not responded to a Reuters request for comment. Meanwhile, Transport Canada has informed Tesla of the investigation.

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