Austin, TX – February 25, 2023 – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has recalled 362,758 self-driving cars that may drive unsafely, increasing the risk of an accident.
This recall is a result of a U.S. government investigation.
The following vehicles are affected by this recall:
- 2017 – 2023 Tesla Model 3
- 2016 – 2023 Tesla Model S
- 2016 – 2023 Tesla Model X
- 2020 – 2023 Tesla Model Y
All listed vehicles are equipped with a beta version of full self-driving software, which can take control of the car’s steering, acceleration and braking.
When this mode is activated in the affected cars, they may commit traffic violations. This includes speeding, going through yellow lights, inappropriate lane switching or not stopping at stop signs for long enough.
A vehicle that breaks traffic rules is more likely to crash, upping the risk of injury.
The software is set up to warn the driver if it cannot safely operate the vehicle. If this happens, the driver should take over the control.
Background of the recall
The defect that caused this recall was identified by the U.S. government auto safety regulator, the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), last month as part of an ongoing investigation into Tesla collisions with emergency vehicles. You can find more information about the investigation here.
There have been 18 warranty claims related to the recall.
Other Tesla recalls
Some of the listed electric SUVs may have been affected by a recent Tesla Model X recall caused by airbags that may deploy incorrectly.
Among previous Tesla Model 3 recalls, the one caused by faulty tail lamps, which took place in November 2022, is the most recent.
Tesla will fix the issue by upgrading the vehicles’ software free of charge. The update will be done over-the-air, meaning that there is no need to take the car back to the dealer.
Vehicle owners will get letters with more information on April 15, 2023.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
This Tesla full self-driving software recall is affecting more than 350,000 cars. To do a Tesla recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.