NEW YORK: Electric automobile maker Tesla will recall practically 54,000 vehicles within the United States to finish a feature that permits the vehicles to undergo a cease signal with out absolutely stopping.
This “rolling stop” feature in vehicles geared up with full self-driving software program allowed the vehicles “to travel through an all-way stop intersection without first coming to a stop,” which “can increase the risk of a crash”, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated in a letter Monday.
Starting in October 2020, Tesla included the programming within the beta model of the software program, which might enable a automobile to transfer by a cease signal when travelling beneath 5.6 miles per-hour if no different transferring automobile, bicycle or pedestrian have been current.
But after two conferences with the NHTSA, Tesla selected Jan 20 to deactivate this program, and notified regulators of the recall on Jan 27. The producer stated it was not conscious of any accidents attributable to the rolling stops.
The firm will recall Model 3 vehicles constructed between 2017 and 2022, the 2016-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles and Model Y automobile produced between 2020 and 2022.
Tesla will ship out a software program replace to the vehicles remotely and for gratis to their homeowners.
In its quarterly earnings outcomes launched final week, Tesla stated the FSD Beta is now being examined in real-world circumstances by greater than 60,000 drivers.
Company CEO and founder Elon Musk estimated that absolutely autonomous driving software program was doable “by the end of the year”, a promise he has made previously.
The newest recall follows one other final November for 7,600 Tesla vehicles to fix driver airbag dangers and the bigger recall of half 1,000,000 vehicles in December for trunk points.
The firm additionally agreed late final yr to disable a feature permitting drivers to play video video games whereas driving, after a NHTSA investigation.