Today’s headlines suggest that Tesla is recalling nearly 1.1 million cars over a safety issue with the windows of its vehicles. While the mistake may seem serious to the layman, it should be noted that the problem is fixed with a simple over-the-air software update.
according to a safety recall report From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tesla’s window automatic reversal system affects a total of 1,096,762 vehicles including the 2021-2022 Tesla Model S, 2021-2022 Tesla Model X, 2017-2022 Tesla Model 3 and the 2020-2021 Tesla Huh. Model Y.
Vehicles affected by the problem may see their windows applying excessive force before turning back. This can result in some passengers being injured by pinching the windows of their vehicles. Fortunately, Tesla notes that it is not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, crashes, injuries, or deaths associated with the issue.
According to Tesla’s fault chronology, during product testing in August some employees “identified window automatic reversal system performance that exceeded expected variation in response to pinch detection.” After extensive additional testing, Tesla noted that its vehicles exceeded the requirements of FMVSS 118, Section 5 (Automatic Reversal System). A voluntary withdrawal was introduced.
Like other Tesla recalls in the past, fixes for their vehicles’ window automatic reversal systems have been rolled out via a free over-the-air software update. Starting September 13, 2022, vehicles and pre-delivery containers have also received a firmware release that sets power-operated window operation to the requirements specified in FMVSS 118, Section 4.
Most of Tesla’s recalls for its vehicles deal with issues that are addressed through over-the-air software updates. This is quite different from the recall by other automakers for their respective electric cars. For example, Toyota has initiated a recall for the bZ4x because the vehicle’s wheels may fall. This type of problem, unlike Tesla’s windows, is in need of a far more significant improvement.
NHTSA’s safety recall report on Tesla’s window automatic reversal system issue can be viewed below.
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