Tesla Sues Supplier Over Falcon Wing Door Delay

Tesla is suing a German automotive supplier after it failed to deliver on a promise to build falcon wing doors for the Model X Crossover. 

The lawsuit from Tesla claims that Hoerbiger Automotive Comfort Systems was unable to produce doors that were up to Tesla’s standards, a task the German company claimed it would do when it won the rights to build the doors in February 2014. Falcon wing doors are fitted to the rear of the Model X crossover and open vertically with only 12-inches of space needed on each side of the vehicle.

In May of 2015, Tesla served ties with Hoerbiger and brought on a new supplier after the German company failed to meet Tesla’s standards with the doors. According to the lawsuit, the falcon wing doors “sagged beyond Tesla’s specified tolerance levels” and “did not open with the speed or symmetry” that Tesla required.

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Tesla’s Model X launched about 2 years behind schedule, marred by delays.

Tesla is looking to recoup millions of dollars in damages incurred including the cost for retooling and “premium payments” to a new supplier. The lawsuit also seeks to prevent Hoerbiger from seeking payments beyond the $3 million that has already been paid.

“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 told Automotive News. “We will vigorously prosecute this case.”

[Source: WSJ via Automotive News]