Massive Recall Hits Tesla Vehicles

Massive Recall Hits Tesla Vehicles

( – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall of 125,227 Tesla vehicles in the US on May 31. The recall pertains to a malfunction in the vehicle’s warning system for the seat belt, potentially leading to an increase in injury rates during a collision.

To alert drivers to their unfastened belts, the warning must sound an audible alarm along with a visual representation of a seat belt. According to the NHTSA, the warning signals did not engage at the proper time, which is required by federal safety rules.

The Tesla recall affects the following models: 2020-2023 Model Y, 2017-2023 Model 3, 2015-2024 Model X, and 2012-2024 Model S vehicles. The total number of vehicles affected by the malfunction is fairly low due to the type of computer program logic that runs the warning system.

On May 28, the NHTSA announced that Tesla had 104 claims on owner warranty that may relate to the seat belt warning malfunction. Because of the malfunction, Tesla stated that there have not been any injuries or fatalities related to collisions.

The carmaker plans to deploy their software updates with a broadcast over the airwaves for the vehicles that malfunction without cost or needing to bring them to a service center. The upcoming update will override the switch for the driver’s seat occupancy and simply use the ignition and belt buckle status to trigger the warning signals.

Tesla recalled 3,878 of its 2024 Cybertrucks in April due to a problem with the accelerator pedal loosening and becoming stuck in the interior trim. In the US, almost 2.2 million vehicles were involved in a February recall due to some warning lights being too small.

The NHTSA also investigated the analysis of an engineering problem in the 2023 issue with a steering problem with Tesla for another possible recall. Once again, the NHTSA announced in April that they are reexamining a recall from last year that may not have sufficiently addressed the autopilot system issue.

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