If you own a Tesla, you'll want to read this. More than 2 million Tesla vehicles have been recalled due to a safety issue related to its Autopilot system – specifically, a feature called Autosteer that is part of the driver assistance system.
Tesla announced its voluntary recall Wednesday, detailing which models were affected, what the problem is and how it will be resolved.
Over the years, cars have gained features that automate certain driver tasks, from cruise control to lane correction and automatic emergency braking. Futurists, including Tesla chief Elon Musk, have long imagined fully autonomous cars. But despite remarkable proofs of concept – in early pilot projects and more recent limited use cases – the challenge is complex, with many difficult questions yet to be resolved. Tesla's Autopilot feature is not fully autonomous.
Here's what you need to know about the Tesla recall.
Which models are affected?
Almost all of them. A statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall affects 2012-2023 Model S, 2016-2023 Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles equipped with cruise control. That's almost every car Tesla has sold in the US, according to the Washington Post.
What could happen?
It is complicated. The NHTSA statement says that “in certain circumstances, when Autosteer is activated, the prominence and scope of the feature's controls may not be sufficient to prevent misuse of the SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance feature by the driver.”
Basically, the recall aims to fix the system that is supposed to ensure drivers pay attention when using Autopilot. Sci-fi movies aside, Tesla's self-driving feature doesn't just take over and let the person in the driver's seat take a nap. The driver must be prepared to intervene if a problem arises that the feature cannot resolve, as well as be aware if use of the Autosteer feature is terminated in any way.
Some people rely too much on the resource and accidents occur. The Justice Department launched a criminal investigation more than a year ago after more than a dozen crashes occurred while Tesla's Autopilot software was activated.
The NHTSA reviewed 956 accidents in which Autopilot was allegedly in use, then focused on a narrower set of 322 accidents related to Autopilot, including head-on collisions and collisions due to potential unintentional disengagement of the system, ABC news reported.
What will the update do?
The NHTSA says the update will limit the areas where basic versions of the Autopilot software can operate, as well as increase warnings and alerts to drivers. Drivers will still have to pay attention, but the update should make it harder for them to ignore warning signs when Autosteer is activated but needs their attention, or when Autosteer is canceled.
It will incorporate additional controls and alerts, increase the prominence of visual alerts, make it easier to activate and deactivate Autosteer, and may suspend use of the feature “if the driver repeatedly fails to demonstrate continued and sustained driving responsibility while the feature is activated.” ,” according to Tesla’s recall page.
Do I have to take my car to the dealership?
No, you shouldn't need to. After all, it's 2023 and Teslas are among the most technologically advanced cars on the road. The company is rolling out a software fix that will automatically be sent to all affected cars and will resolve the issues without the need for a dealership visit.
This software solution began rolling out to affected vehicles on Tuesday, with more coming soon.
Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles that are currently in production received a software release incorporating the software solution on December 7th.
Is there a cost for Tesla owners?
No, the software update is free.
What else is coming?
Owners should receive a letter in the mail explaining the situation. But don't look for that too soon. These letters will not be sent until February 10th.
Why is this a good deal?
Texas-based Tesla is the world's dominant electric vehicle maker and this is the largest and most significant recall since its founding in 2003. It is the company's fourth recall in less than two years.
What did Tesla say?
Tesla issued a long statement on X, the social media platform owned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In it, the company defends its Autopilot system, saying that “safety metrics are emphatically stronger when Autopilot is enabled than when it is not enabled.”
The company claims that in the fourth quarter of 2022, it recorded one crash for every 4.85 million miles driven where drivers used Autopilot technology, as opposed to one crash for every 1.40 million miles driven when drivers did not. the Autopilot.
Tesla's tweet also says that even when Autosteer is activated, it is the driver's responsibility to control the vehicle at all times. Continues to criticize a Washington Post article about Tesla drivers using Autopilot on roads where it was not intended to be used, resulting in serious accidents and deaths.
Where can I get more information?
Tesla owners can visit the company website and enter the vehicle identification number to get the latest information on this and any recalls. They can also contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752.