According to a recall notice published on Thursday, Tesla is voluntarily recalling 362,758 cars in the US that are fitted with the company’s test driver-assistance software, known as Full Self-Driving Beta or FSD Beta. The recall notification stated that Tesla will fix the problems by sending a software update to vehicles over the air.
According to a safety recall report posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the FSD Beta system may contribute to collisions by enabling the affected vehicles to: “Act unsafely around intersections, such as traveling straight through an intersection while in a turn-only lane, entering a stop sign-controlled intersection without coming to a complete stop, or proceeding into an intersection during a steady yellow traffic signal without due caution.”
Models from 2016 to 2023 of the Model S and Model X, Models from 2017 to 2023 of the Model 3, and Models from 2020 to 2023 of the Model Y were among the cars that were affected.
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and supporters have taken issue with the word “recall” being used to refer to safety flaws or problems that can be resolved with a software update delivered via wireless internet. “The word recall for an over-the-air software update is anachronistic and just flat wrong,” he posted on Twitter on Thursday.
Through FSD Beta, Tesla offers thousands of drivers in the United States the chance to test out new and unfinished driver-aid features. Tesla electric vehicles are neither driverless nor secure to operate without a human being in the vehicle.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, tweeted that “the term “recall” for an over-the-air software update is anachronistic and just flat wrong,” despite the fact that he has yet to address the nature or extent of the issue.
However, according to a statement from the NHTSA, “manufacturers must start a recall for any repair, including a software update, that remedies an unreasonable risk to safety.” The federal agency stated that it will “continue to monitor the efficacy of the recall remedies.”
The safety recall report notes, “the driver is responsible for the operation of the vehicle whenever the feature is engaged and must constantly supervise the feature and intervene (e.g., steer, brake or accelerate) as needed to maintain safe operation of the vehicle.”
According to the notice, all vehicles running the most recent FSD software, which is accessible on all four Tesla models (Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y), are affected.