Wednesday, July 24, 2024

1.1 million Tesla vehicles recalled due to safety concerns

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A record recall campaign has been announced in the US.
Tesla is conducting another mass recall of electric cars in the United States. This time, the cause was a problem with power windows: it turned out that 1.1 million cars of the brand fail the reverse movement function. This means that if an obstacle is detected between the frame and the glass, the mechanism will not automatically lower the glass. This in turn can cause injury, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

According to NHTSA, a full Tesla recall campaign is still not needed: the problem is in the software of electric cars, which will be updated over the air via over-the-air (OTA). The power windows of the 2017-2022 Tesla Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and the 2021 and 2022 Model S and Model X can be dangerous.

Tesla, in turn, said that it is not aware of any warranty claims, accidents, injuries or deaths related to the failed reverse motion function. The NHTSA also emphasizes that the closing window of such a function can pinch the limbs of the driver or passenger, which can lead to injury.

In August, Tesla tested electric windows and found that the reverse function was even more sensitive to obstacles than required. However, more extensive pressure testing of the regulator showed the opposite: power windows do not meet safety requirements. From September 13, all cars ready for delivery to customers began to be equipped with new software in which this problem is solved.

Tesla has come under scrutiny from the NHTSA in recent years. Of particular interest to the regulator is the autopilot of electric cars, the shortcomings of which lead to emergency situations. In August, one of the owners of Tesla filed a lawsuit due to the fact that the electronics suddenly stopped the car in the middle of the road. According to NHTSA, more than 750 car owners have complained about this behavior of the autopilot.

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