Refinishing Response: Tesla launches paint protection product after class-action lawsuit launched in Quebec

Montreal, Quebec ⁠— Tesla has introduced a solution for its peeling paint problems just hours after news broke of a Quebec man’s class-action lawsuit against the company.

The Model 3 All-Weather Protection Kit is said to protect vehicles from salt, sand and small debris. 

The company introduced the product less than 24 hours after a class-action lawsuit against the company had been reported in Quebec; Tesla Model 3 owner Jean-François Bellerose had noticed the black paint peeling on the bottom of doors and rocker panels on his 2019 Model 3 after only six months of use.

He contacted Tesla to fix the problem, but Tesla allegedly told Bellerose that the damage is not covered under warranty.

The class-action lawsuit filing stipulated that it would cost $4,738 to repair the plaintiff’s Tesla Model 3.

Tesla’s peeling paint issue has been long-standing, according to Drive Tesla Canada. Late last year the automaker offered free mud flaps and splash guards to Canadian Tesla owners to prevent and protect against paint chipping. 

Bellerose is seeking reimbursement of the difference between the car’s sale price and diminished value to the paint issues, reimbursement of the excessive-wear costs at the end of the vehicle’s lease period and a $500 punitive fee for every Tesla Model 3 owner involved in the case.


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