Major Tesla Recall Announced
(AmericanProsperity.com) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall report on November 1 following the discovery of faulty power steering functioning in some Tesla vehicles. The recall affects roughly 40,100 of the manufacturer’s electric cars.
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 8, 2022
The action covers two types of Tesla vehicles:
- Model S made between August 16, 2017, and December 28, 2020
- Model X built between August 20, 2017, and December 20, 2020
The issue occurred due to an electronic firmware update the company issued, 2022.36, which confused some systems. In these cases, the onboard computer misidentified interaction with potholes or other jarring road conditions as “unexpected steering assist torque.” As a result, some cars’ power steering systems disengaged, making it more difficult to turn the steering wheel.
The notice warns consumers that power steering loss triggers audio and visual alerts from the dashboard. Still, the reduced steering function can increase accident risks, especially when drivers are moving at slower speeds.
Vehicle owners with affected models need only accept a software patch, which the company has already sent to all relevant consumers, to fix the problem. Firmware release 2022.36.5 recalibrates the power steering system free of charge, and as of November 1, 97% of affected cars have received the update. No injuries or deaths have occurred as a result of the faulty component.
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