Elon Musk’s Tesla has recalled more than a million US vehicles because a fault in the automatic window reversing system means it may not detect obstructions,
The recall affects 1,096,762 cars, including 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X series vehicles.
The defect means that the windows could pinch the fingers of the driver or passengers when closing them.
Tesla told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will perform an over-the-air software update to the automatic window reversing system.
Tesla said it was not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, accidents, injuries or deaths related to the recall.
Tesla has recalled more than a million vehicles, including some Model 3 cars (pictured)
The recall comes a month after Elon Musk (above) touted his hopes for a widespread release of fully autonomous vehicles in the US and Europe by the end of the year.
NHTSA said a window that closes without the proper automatic reversing system can exert excessive force pinching a driver or passenger before retracting, and can cause injury.
NHTSA said the vehicles failed to meet the requirements of a federal motor vehicle safety standard on power windows.
Tesla said during product testing in August that employees identified the performance of the automatic window reversing system showed “greater than expected variations in response to pinch detection.”
After extensive additional testing, Tesla determined that vehicle pinch detection and retraction performance in the test results did not meet the requirements for automatic reversing systems.
Tesla said that starting Sept. 13, production and pre-delivery vehicles received a software update that sets power window operation as required.
Owners of vehicles affected by the error will be informed from 13 November.
Elon Musk, left, took to Twitter to explain why the windows of his Cybertruck embarrassingly broke, right, during a failed stress test at his launch event last week.
This isn’t the first time Tesla has had to deal with faulty windows.
In 2019, Musk had an embarrassing episode when the company’s new Cybertruck had its windows crack easily during a live stress test demonstration.
Tesla boasted that the vehicle, billed as the electric truck of the future, was made of the same stainless steel used in rockets and could take a beating.
To prove it, Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen threw a steel ball at the windows of the futuristic-looking vehicle, which unexpectedly cracked under the pressure of the impact.
Musk had claimed that the only reason the windows cracked was because Holzhausen had allegedly hit the windows with a hammer in earlier tests.
The Full Self-Driving Capability package is available to equip Tesla vehicles, allowing them to steer, park and stop at traffic lights or signs. Pictured above, an employee drives a hands-free Tesla Model S on a highway in Amsterdam
Tesla’s latest pushback comes as Musk said he hopes his company’s self-driving cars will be “widespread” in the United States and Europe by the end of 2022.
The SpaceX CEO told the audience at Offshore Northern Seas 2022 in Norway: ‘The two technologies I’m focusing on, trying to ideally complete before the end of the year, put our spacecraft into orbit…and then have Tesla cars can do self-driving.
“Have full-scale autonomous driving at least in the United States, and … potentially in Europe, depending on regulatory approval.”
The Full Self-Driving Capability package is available to equip Tesla vehicles, allowing them to steer, park and stop at traffic lights or signs.
Autonomous vehicles, however, have yet to get the green light in the US or Europe.
The US and UK governments have said self-driving cars will not be allowed to enter production or hit the road until 2025.
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