Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars Due To Critical Issues

The Chinese batch of Tesla cars were exhibiting concerning problems.

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Tesla is recalling over 1.6 million Model S, X, 3, and Y electric vehicles (EVs) that were exported to China

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The recall was prompted by issues related to the automatic assisted steering and door latch controls in these vehicles.

This is one of the largest Tesla recalls in China, affecting a significant portion of the EVs it has sold in the country. Both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal report that the majority of Tesla cars in China are affected by this recall, highlighting the scale and significance of the issue.

China's state administration for market regulation announced the recall on Friday, 5 January, for all Chinese Tesla vehicles

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Tesla's Beijing and Shanghai branches will address the issues through remote upgrades, eliminating the need for most car owners to physically visit Tesla service centres.

This comes after a similar recall in the US last month, involving over two million Tesla vehicles, aimed at enhancing the driver monitoring system.

Here's what went wrong with Musk's EV in the Chinese market:

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The recall, which involves the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y, is primarily due to issues with the automatic steering assist function. The recall notice indicates that when the automatic steering function is activated, drivers may misuse the combined driving function, posing an increased risk of accidents.

Additionally, another recall has been initiated to address the door-unlock logic control in 7,538 imported Model S and Model X units manufactured between October 2022 and November 2023. This measure aims to prevent door latches from opening in the event of a collision.

Tesla's automated-driving systems have faced increased scrutiny following numerous collisions, some with fatal outcomes

According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been a total of 17 fatalities and 736 crashes since 2019.

Despite CEO Elon Musk's frequent predictions of imminent fully autonomous cars, the reality has fallen short of expectations. Tesla’s Full Self-Driving features still require drivers to remain fully attentive, keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

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