Telsa reportedly recalls 1.1 million vehicles in China in a bid to address its braking problems. The vehicles in question do not let drivers to select the energy regenerative braking system which as you should know can bump up the risk of collision or crash.
Telsa Recalls 1.1 Million Vehicles
Tesla stated that it would push an over-the-air software update to 1.1 million vehicles in China in response to a braking and acceleration issue, multiple outlets are currently reporting.
China’s market regulator identified the reported problem as a “product recall,” although, as is very typical with Tesla, the issue seems to be addressable with a software update. It is not still clear as to whether Tesla wants customers to bring in their vehicles for any form of maintenance, nor whether there is a refund available to owners who want to return their cars permanently.
The State Administration for Market Regulation’s Description of the Problem
The said recall covers all four of the vehicle models of Tesla which are the Model S, X, 3, and Y — both imported as well as made in China, that were reportedly manufactured between January 12th, 2019, and April 24th, 2023. The State Administration for Market Regulation in a statement described the problem:
“The vehicles within the scope of this recall do not allow the driver to choose the energy regenerative braking strategy; at the same time, the driver may not provide enough reminders when the driver depresses the accelerator pedal deeply for a long time. The superposition of the above factors may increase the probability of mistakenly stepping on the accelerator pedal for a long time, which may increase the risk of collision and pose a safety hazard. “
Second Recall for Telsa in China
This is the second recorded recall for Telsa in China. The company in the early parts of the year issued out a recall for 2,649 vehicles after regulators in China said that the hood on certain Model S vehicles was at risk of opening during driving.
Telsa’s Most Important Market
China is the most important market for Tesla, with the revenues of the company from the country climbing to $18.2 billion in the previous year from $13.8 billion the year before. Tesla reportedly sold 66,051 electric vehicles that were made in China in January 2023, which is up 18 percent from the previous month, as per data published by the China Passenger Car Association.
The braking issue however does not appear to be related to Tesla’s “phantom braking” issue that has prompted recalls as well as lawsuits in the US. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is at the moment looking into the reported issue that has affected at least 800 vehicle owners, who have reported abrupt braking in response to imagined hazards.
Other Telsa Recalls
Tesla has faced a couple of recalls in the US that are related to a host of many other issues, and this is including its much-hyped Full Self-Driving product. Tesla in the early parts of the year paused the rollout of FSD after recalling close to 363,000 vehicles that are equipped with the controversial driver-assist system.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk for his part has expressed disdain for the word “recall” ever since some of the issues can be fixed with a simple OTA software update.
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