Tesla ‘recalls’ 120,000 more vehicles in China, but that’s another software update fix

Tesla is making headlines again in China – the world’s largest electric vehicle market – due to a recall of more than 120,000 vehicles in China, but this is another patch update. live software.

Tesla has had to issue a lot of recalls lately, but most of them were minor issues that were fixed with simple over-the-air software updates.

For example, the automaker issued a recall that was reported as a “massive” recall on over 800,000 vehicles due to a “seatbelt issue”, which sounds pretty bad, but in fact it This was a reminder alert to fasten the seatbelt that sometimes wouldn’t appear under very specific conditions.

This creates a situation where the media sensationalizes major “recalls” when in fact a simple over-the-air software update is needed, and no owner actually needs to take the car back to a dealership or service center. , as this is the case. with traditional reminders.

This highlights one of Tesla’s biggest advantages over the rest of the industry: the high level of connectivity of its vehicles and its lack of reliance on third-party dealerships to service them.

Last month, Tesla released another of what we now call a “live reminder,” about a delay in displaying the rearview mirror image on certain vehicles.

Now Tesla is facing another such “live recall”. This time in China and for more than 120,000 vehicles.

the South China Morning Post reports that the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) announced the recall affecting 127,785 Model 3s in China.

The problem is believed to be “semiconductor component”, but the details are unclear. Even though this is component-related, SAMR said it can be fixed via an over-the-air software update:

“The problem lies with the semiconductor component, which … may lead to potential collisions and pose a safety risk in certain extreme scenarios,” the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) said in a statement. . Tesla will update software for recalled vehicles free of charge using Over-the-Air Vehicle Remote Upgrade technology, SAMR said. Those unable to access the upgrade remotely will need to contact the sales centers.

It comes as Tesla finds itself in a precarious situation in China with Gigafactory Shanghai as it closed for more than 10 days due to a COVID-19 lockdown in Shanghai.

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