The Cybertruck's failure is now complete

The Cybertruck's failure is now complete

Tesla was a cybertruck. Pills are supposed to stop. Turns out her owners have more to fear than a little soap.

An “unapproved lubricant” used on the Cybertruck's accelerator pad caused it to slip and get caught in the trim just above the pedal. Recall report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF). If you've been on TikTok this week, you've seen what that could mean, thanks to a viral video Cyber ​​truck owner whose accelerator jammed. In the “pedal to the metal” position.

The result: Every driver who paid for a CyberTruck, all 3,878 of them, now has to take their ultra-angular EV to their local dealer in Tesla's biggest recall ever. And as with a lot of news these days, how you react to the comeback depends on whether you're an Elon Musk fanatic.

gave “Master trick, sir.” The crowd can easily play it. at last No one died.. This bug has not resulted in any crashes, that we know of. Tesla offers a quick fix (well, 20 days after receiving the first customer complaint about the pedal, so quick). The lubrication workers are at fault, not the company. Also, look at the ongoing disaster at Boeing, which approved it. Using dish soap in the preparation of a single door seal which blew up during a 737 Max flight in January.

Next to Boeing, Tesla seems like a paragon of soap safety.

And yet given the ongoing slide in Tesla stock, which hit a one-year low on Wall Street on Friday after news of the cyber truck's return, not everyone buys that view. After all, it's not the workers fault someone asked them to put a completely unnecessary bumpy pad on the accelerator. Nor should the workers be blamed. Rust marks are visible on the stainless steel truck.or a A trunk that can pinch fingers.or a warning Do not wash it in direct sunlightor a Flashing red “pullover” notices Appearing on the screen a few minutes after at least one customer starts driving.

A punch line on wheels

Crucially for Tesla's future, we may have reached a tipping point: The Cybertruck has become such a punchline that its owners can't get out from under it. The joke is that they are frauds who paid through the nose for a very expensive vehicle that looks like it was designed by a kid and doesn't actually perform many of the functions we expect a truck to do. do, and that they will put up with anything. Whatever the design flaw.

You can see this clearly in the most liked, and most representative comment on this viral TikTok. “Every cyber truck owner is like 'I paid 80k for this and it almost killed my whole family. Small problem. Love the car!'”

Originally, the owner responded, he paid $122,000 with extras.

“Sick Flex, bro,” another TikTok user responded. “I also paid $122k to be a ridiculously irresponsible danger to any vehicles or pedestrians around me.”

Cybertrick comedy, which is still legal, continues on Musk's Twitter (which usually has Stephen the King And at least one A prospective judge In the Manhattan trial of Donald Trump, We still refuse to call X.).

Tracy Chapman's signature hit The best joke provided…

…while conceptualizing the Cybertruck as a “snow” vehicle that cannot withstand any real-world conditions.

Perhaps most devastating to musk: Drill, one of the most beloved accounts on the service, chose that moment for his first cybertrick tweet.

The memo also inadvertently revealed how much the cybertruck has so far fallen short of Musk's ambitions. The CEO estimated sales of 250,000 CyberTrucks per year in a recent earnings call. Not only that 10 times less than the number Of Raven EV Truck SOLD OUT – and just to be clear, Raven is also in trouble. – That's less than half. Total number of DeLoreans sold in the US In the 1980s

The DeLorean was a notorious flop that sent the automaker behind it into bankruptcy, despite the car's subsequent star turn. Back to the future. Tesla, the world's largest EV manufacturer, is clearly in a better position. Yet, like John DeLorean, Musk seems to be betting on the future of his company. On this quirky car.

Tesla couldn't have picked a worse time. Ask shareholders to restore a $56 billion compensation package for the CEO. Which was already struck down by a judge. The company's second-largest shareholder, a self-proclaimed “Alvin fanboy,” just announced that he Voting against.

The outcome of that vote, in June, could decide where the troubled company and its mercurial CEO go next. By then, the supply of cybertrucks on our roads will have dwindled as the recall takes effect.

Meanwhile, our national reservoir of schadenfreude has never looked stronger.

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