Tesla owners have received some bad news as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall for them. More than 2 million Tesla vehicles fall under the notification. It came down on Wednesday.
What is this recall about? Documents indicate that Tesla cars and SUVs across all of its model lineup need a software update. This update is for their “Autopilot” systems.
Now, Tesla will be sending this update directly to owners. So, there will be no need to go and get them serviced or return them to dealerships.
According to a report from CBS News, the recall does apply to all Tesla vehicles sold in the United States between Oct. 5, 2012, and Dec. 7, 2023. This will include Y, S, 3, and X models. The agency did a two-year investigation. It was focused on the “Autopilot” system in Tesla cars needing a major overhaul.
Tesla Owners Face Problem With Car System
The main issue focuses on the system which makes sure drivers are still paying attention. This is even when using the partially automated driving system. The agency already has investigated at least 42 crashes in conjunction with this system, including some that were deadly, PopCulture reports.
It’s important to note that Tesla’s Autopilot is an “advanced driver-assistance system.” It does include “traffic-aware cruise control,” and “lane centering,” but it is not meant to take the place of a human driver altogether. Tesla has received criticism for using the term “autopilot” at all. Some people find it misleading. An NHTSA spokesperson told CBS News that Tesla doesn’t do enough to ensure drivers are still paying attention while Autopilot is engaged. This issue “can lead to foreseeable misuse of the system.”
Tesla Will Be Sending Out Updates
Tesla said the software update was sent to some vehicles on Tuesday. The rest will get it at a later date. The NHTSA also said that the update includes new controls and alerts “to further encourage the driver to adhere to their continuous driving responsibility.” In addition, “Automated technology holds great promise for improving safety, but only when it is deployed responsibly. Today’s action is an example of improving automated systems by prioritizing safety.”
In addition, these documents note that Tesla did not agree with the NHTSA assessment of safety issues earlier in the agency’s investigation. However, Tesla did agree to go along with the agency’s recommendations. Why? Because the company wanted to end the investigation. Yes, Tesla has had some similar issues to this before. But this is the biggest recall Tesla has ever made. The NHTSA does advise Tesla drivers to look at the recall order on their specific vehicle. The agency urges people to stay off the road until they’re in compliance.
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