Tesla Recalls Almost All Vehicles Sold In U.S.

December 13, 2023

In certain circumstances when Autosteer is engaged, the prominence and scope of the feature’s controls may not be sufficient to prevent driver misuse …

A voluntary recall notice for around two million Teslas in order for the automotive company to update the cars’ software to better ensure drivers pay attention while Autopilot is engaged.

Why It Matters: This voluntary recall impacts nearly all Tesla’s sold in the United States.

Big Picture: The recall follows a two-year investigation conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NTHSA) into crashes (some fatal) which occurred while Teslas’ Autopilot system was in use. NTHSA says it found the cars’ Autopilot system can be insufficient, lacking the proper controls to ensure drivers pay attention while the car is in the partially automated driving mode. While Tesla did not agree with NTHSA’s findings, the company agreed to administer the voluntary recall going into effect this week. The recall notice states that the remedy (a free-of-charge, over-the-air update) will include such features as increasing warnings to drivers when the service is not available, and limit autopilot use in certain areas.

The recall impacts Tesla models S, Y, 3 and X produced between October 5, 2012 and December 7, 2023; “The update was to be sent to certain affected vehicles on Tuesday, with the rest getting it later” (The Associated Press). Meanwhile, an NTHSA spokesperson said its investigation into Tesla is ongoing “as we monitor the efficacy of Tesla’s remedies and continue to work with the automaker to ensure the highest level of safety.”

Read More: Tesla recalls nearly all vehicles sold in US to fix system that monitors drivers using Autopilot (The Associated Press)

Tesla issues massive recall of more than 2 million vehicles over autopilot safety concerns (NBC News)

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by Leah Grainery, based in Texas