Tesla forced to recall 360,000 cars over alleged flaw that could lead to crashes

Tesla will recall hundreds of thousands of its electric vehicles with 'full self-driving' software, following an investigation by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

As many as 362,758 cars will require an upgrade due to alleged issues in the full self-driving beta software—issues that Tesla says it does not recognise as being linked to any injuries or accidents.

The software in question is Tesla's AI-powered driver assistance software which is designed to take over some of the tasks required of human drivers, but the NHTSA says it does not go far enough in complying with safety rules.

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Tesla has agreed to the 'recall' but says it does not agree with the NHTSA's analysis.

The NHTSA said in a letter to Tesla that its Full Self Driving (FSD) software has bugs which "may allow the vehicle to act unsafe around intersections, such as travelling straight through an intersection while in a turn-only lane, entering a stop sign-controlled intersection without coming to a complete stop, or proceeding into an intersection during a steady yellow traffic signal without due caution.

"In addition, the system may respond insufficiently to changes in posted speed limits or not adequately account for the driver's adjustment of the vehicle's speed to exceed posted speed limits."

Tesla, which is led by Elon Musk, said it is not aware of any deaths or injuries related to the FSD Beta software and does not '[concur] with the agency's analysis', but that it will conduct the recall 'out of an abundance of caution.

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The recall will take place in the form of a downloadable software update for Tesla vehicles in mid-April, so drivers won't have to return their vehicles to a service centre or manufacturing plant.

In a tweet yesterday, February 16, Musk said: "The word 'recall' for an over-the-air software update is anachronistic and just flat wrong!".

Data released by the NHTSA in June 2022 showed that Tesla vehicles were involved in more than 70 percent of accidents with cars that feature advanced driver assistance technology.


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