Tesla recalls more than 11K cars over self-driving issue


Tesla has recalled more than 11,700 cars sold in the US since 2017 due to a self-driving software issue that could activate the emergency brakes unexpectedly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday.

Tesla said the recall of 11,704 Model S, X, 3 and Y vehicles emerged out of a software update issued on Oct. 23 to users enrolled in its limited early access FSD program, according to a filing with the NHTSA.

The communication error may also cause a false forward-collision warning, the filing noted.

Tesla began to receive reports of the issue the morning after the release of the software, the company said.

However, the electric carmaker insisted it is “not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition.”

Tesla received reports of the issue the day after the software was released.
Tesla received reports of the issue the day after the software was released.

The same day, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted about the software, saying, “Seeing some issues with 10.3, so rolling back to 10.2 temporarily. Please note, this is to be expected with beta software.”

By Oct. 25, Tesla began deploying a software patch to all affected cars to fix the issue.

The NHTSA said it “will continue its conversations with Tesla to ensure that any safety defect is promptly acknowledged and addressed.”

Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S — seen here — is one of four models from the maker that has been recalled.
Elon Musk
Elon Musk says issues with the beta software are “expected.”
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As of Oct. 29, more than 99.8 percent of affected cars — or all but 17 — had installed an update to resolve the issue.

The recall comes after the NHTSA last month asked Tesla why it didn’t issue a recall of its “Autopilot” feature after a series of deadly crashes with emergency vehicles.

The regulator also said it’s investigating the company’s requirement that “full self driving” testers sign non-disclosure agreements. 

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