Tesla’s One Million EV ‘Safety Recall’ Is Just Another Software Update

Media reported today that Tesla has to recall a large number of electric vehicles in the United States, but the fix for the “safety recall” is yet another software update that Tesla already has. started to grow.

Earlier this year, NHTSA issued a series of Tesla vehicle recalls that were widely reported in the media.

What’s been less reported, however, is that nearly all of these recalls were fairly straightforward software issues that Tesla was able to fix through over-the-air software updates.

Whenever there’s a safety-related issue, NHTSA must issue a “safety recall,” even if the automaker doesn’t have to physically recall a vehicle, which leads to some confusion.

Today we have another example as the media reports that Tesla has to “recall” over a million vehicles:

The problem is that Tesla vehicles do not react according to the reversing standard when an object is detected in a power window.

NHTSA wrote in the recall report:

Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X models. The automatic window reversing system may not respond properly after detecting an obstruction. As such, these vehicles do not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 118, “Power Window Systems.”

The “cure” is a simple over-the-air software update that Tesla is already starting to offer:

Tesla will perform a free over-the-air (OTA) software update of the automatic window reversing system. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 15, 2022. Owners can contact Tesla Customer Service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla’s number for this recall is SB-22-00-013.

Here is the list of affected vehicles in the United States:

YOU’RE HERE MODEL 3 2017-2022

In a similar situation earlier this year, 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 serious. , but in fact it was a reminder alert to fasten the seat belt which sometimes would not appear under very specific conditions.

This creates a situation where the media sensationalises major ‘recalls’ when in fact a simple over-the-air software update is required and no owner actually needs to take the car to a dealership or service center. of service, as it is. 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 trust in third-party dealerships to service them, even for most recalls.

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