April 19, 2024
Tesla recalls nearly 2.2M vehicles for software update to fix warning lights that are too short

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is recalling nearly all vehicles sold in the U.S. because some warning lights on the instrument panel are too small.

Documents posted Friday by US safety regulators said the recall would be accompanied by an online software update. This includes the 2012 to 2023 Model S, 2016 to 2023 Model

The agency says the font size of the brake, park and antilock brake warning lights is smaller than federal safety standards. This can make important safety information difficult to read, increasing the risk of an accident.

Tesla has already started rolling out software updates, and owners will be notified by letter starting March 30.

NHTSA says it discovered the problem in a routine safety compliance audit on January 8.

Tesla has identified three warranty claims potentially related to the problem, but there are no reports of accidents or injuries.

The recall comes as the agency has increased scrutiny of Tesla vehicles. On Friday it also posted documents saying it had upgraded its 2023 investigation into steering problems to an engineering analysis, one step closer to a recall.

In December, the agency pressured Tesla to recall more than 2 million vehicles to update software and fix faulty systems that ensure drivers are paying attention when using Autopilot.

The documents state that the update will increase warnings and alerts for drivers.

The recall comes after a two-year investigation by NHTSA into a series of crashes that occurred during the use of the Autopilot partially automated driving system. Some were fatal.

The agency says its investigation found that Autopilot’s method of ensuring that drivers are paying attention may be inadequate and could lead to “potential abuse of the system.”

The documents say the additional controls and alerts will “encourage drivers to adhere to their continued driving responsibility”.

But safety experts said that, although the recall is a good step, it still holds the driver responsible and does not fix the underlying problem that Autopilot is not responding to stopped vehicles. He says Tesla’s driver monitoring system, which relies on detecting hands on the steering wheel, doesn’t prevent drivers from checking out.

Tesla says on its website that its Autopilot and “full self-driving” systems cannot drive the vehicles, and that human drivers must be ready to intervene at all times.

Additionally, Tesla is recalling more than 1.6 million Model S, X, 3 and Y electric vehicles exported to China due to problems with their automatically assisted steering and door latch controls.

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation announced the recall in early January. It said Tesla Motors in Beijing and Shanghai would use remote upgrades to fix the problems.

The recall is due to problems with the automatic steering assist function and applies to 1.6 million imported Tesla Model S, Model

The notice said that when the automatic steering function is on, drivers may abuse the joint driving function, increasing the risk of accidents.

The recall to fix door unlock logic controls for imported Model S and Model

Tesla was the top seller of electric vehicles in the world last year, but China’s BYD beat the company in the fourth quarter. BYD is a leader in the fast-growing China market.

Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Source: ca.finance.yahoo.com

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