Tesla to recall nearly 300K units of Model 3 & Model Y in China
American electric car maker Tesla Motors has reportedly been ordered by Chinese regulators to recall a large number of Made-in-China (MIC) as well as imported Model 3 and Model Y EVs to fix a software issue.
According to emerging media reports, a technical glitch can automatically activate the vehicles’ autopilot systems, which can potentially lead to crashes due to sudden acceleration. The Chinese regulators require the American EV giant to recall as many as 300,000 units of Model 3 and Model Y EVs to fix the glitch.
In total, the American EV giant is required to recall nearly 285,000 EVs, including 249,855 units of MIC Model 3 and Model Y electric cars. Out of that, the Model 3 accounts for 211,256 units, while the Model Y accounts for 38,599 units. Nearly 35,665 units were reportedly imported from North America. Thus, most of the units to be recalled have been built in China.
A recently published report states, “The cars’ autopilot systems can be activated automatically, potentially leading to crashes from sudden acceleration, the Chinese agency said.”
As the glitch is in the software of the vehicles, the manufacturer is expected to fix it via an over-the-air (OTA) software update. Thus, it is not an ordinary recall that would require EV owners to a visit to a nearby company service center. However, it is also not a deliberate software update either.
Luckily, no crash or any sort of injury related to the aforementioned glitch in the software of the vehicles has been reported in China. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the massive recall of its vehicles in China. The American EV giant does not generally respond to media requests.
It is not the first that that Tesla has been required by a regulator to recall thousands of its EVs to fix some issues in the vehicles. Last year, it was asked to issue a recall for nearly 15,000 Model X electric SUVs to replace a defective power steering component that had raised safety concerns.
Earlier in 2018, the American manufacturer had issued a similar voluntary recall on 123,000 units of pre-2016 Model S EVs.
The latest glitch is comparatively easier to fix, but the safety issue is undoubtedly not good for Tesla in China, where the American EV giant has been under fire over issues related to sudden acceleration, collection of data etc.
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