Tesla has issued a recall for 362,758 of its vehicles due to safety concerns related to the Full Self-Driving (FSD) software. This software is designed to enable Tesla vehicles to operate autonomously on the road, but it appears that there may be safety issues that need to be addressed.
according to federal safety officials, the software might lead vehicles to behave unsafely at intersections and cause accidents.
Tesla has announced the recall of certain 2016–2023 Model S, Model X, 2017–2023 Model 3, and 2020–2023 Model Y vehicles loaded with Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD Beta) software or pending installation. According to the notification filed on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects up to 362,758 vehicles equipped with the software.
Tesla will deliver a free-of-charge over-the-air software update to resolve the issue.
Tesla will deliver a free software upgrade over the air to resolve the issue.
Autopilot, a driver assistance system marketed for Tesla vehicles, is standard equipment. For an extra $15,000, owners may purchase “full self-driving,” or FSD, a feature that Elon Musk, the company’s Founder, has claimed for years will one day provide fully autonomous driving capabilities. Self-driving Tesla automobiles do not exist.
Instead, FSD incorporates a number of automated driving elements that require the driver to always be prepared to take control. It contains the parking feature Summon as well as Navigate on Autopilot, an active guiding system that navigates a vehicle from an on-ramp to an off-ramp of a highway, including interchanges and lane changes. The system is also expected to handle steering on city streets, as well as recognize and respond to traffic signals and stop signs.
According to the notice, the FSD Beta system may allow the vehicle to behave unsafely around intersections, including traveling straight through an intersection while in a turn-only lane, entering a stop sign–controlled intersection without coming to a complete stop, and proceeding into an intersection during a steady yellow traffic signal without due care. In addition, the system may respond insufficiently to changes in posted speed restrictions or may not fully account for the driver’s adjustment of the vehicle’s speed to violate posted speed limits, the notification stated.
The issue was uncovered during the NHTSA’s system engineering study and testing. The NHTSA determined that in certain cases, Tesla’s Autosteer on City Streets feature posed an excessive danger to motor vehicle safety due to inadequate adherence to traffic safety laws. In accordance with the law and following conversations with the NHTSA, Tesla initiated a recall to fix these problems, the agency stated in an email statement.
According to the Defect Information Report, which contains a timeline of events leading up to the recall, the NHTSA contacted Tesla on January 25 as part of frequent ongoing discussions between Tesla and the agency relating to Autopilot and FSD Beta. At that time, the NHTSA informed Tesla that it had detected potential concerns with particular operational aspects of FSD Beta in four distinct roadway situations.
According to the article, Tesla met with the NHTSA several times over the next several days to address the agency’s concerns and Tesla’s suggested over-the-air modifications in response.
“NHTSA will continue to monitor the recall remedies for effectiveness,” the agency added. This recall is intended to address particular agency-identified risks.
The recall does not address the full breadth of the NHTSA’s EA22-002 investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot and other vehicle technologies, the agency stated. This investigation is active and open.
From its name and Musk’s promises regarding its powers to its rollout and safety issues, the FSD beta software has been contentious. It has also garnered the attention of regulators.
In January, Tesla reported that the United States Department of Justice had requested papers pertaining to its branded Full Self-Driving and Autopilot advanced driving assistance technology.
If you own a Tesla vehicle, it is important to stay informed about any safety recalls that may affect your vehicle and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for addressing the issue. You can check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website for the latest safety recall information for all makes and models of vehicles.