To Update Window Reversing Software, Tesla is Recalling Roughly 1.1 Million US Vehicles
Tesla recalls 1.1 million US cars to update window reversing software to avoid infection risk.
Washington: Tesla is recalling nearly 1.1 million US vehicles because the automatic window reversing system may not react properly after an obstacle is detected, increasing the risk of injury.
The electric vehicle maker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will perform a wireless software update for its automatic window reversal system. The recall covers some 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, 2021-2022 Model S, and Model X vehicles.
Tesla said it is not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, accidents, injuries, or deaths related to the recall.
The NHTSA said that a window that closes without a proper auto-reverse system can exert excessive force by applying pressure to the driver or passenger before reversing, increasing the risk of injury.
The NHTSA said the vehicles do not meet the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard on electric windows.
Tesla said that during product testing in August, employees identified the performance of the automatic window reversal system as having “larger-than-expected differences in response to the detection of holes.”
After additional extensive testing, Tesla determined that the vehicle detection and towing performance in the test results did not meet the requirements for auto-reverse systems.
Tesla said that as of September 13, vehicles in production and before delivery have received a software update that specifies that the power windows will operate as required.
Tesla said the software update “improves the calibration of the behavior of the vehicle’s automatic window reversing system.”
Tesla shares fell 3.5 percent in Thursday afternoon trading.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter on Thursday criticized describing the callback as a recall.
“The terminology is outdated and inaccurate. This is a minor over-the-air update. To our knowledge, there have been no casualties,” he said.
In documents announced Thursday, both NHTSA and Tesla referred to the campaign as a recall.
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