Tesla has announced a recall of over 817,000 vehicles. According to the US National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we are talking about electric cars sold on the home market, which were found to have a dangerous defect: a seat belt signal failure. The largest promotion in recent times affects all models – Model S and Model X 2021-2022, Model 3 2017-2022 and Model Y 2020-2022.
The regulator has determined that in hundreds of thousands of vehicles, the seat belt horn may not sound when the vehicle is running and the driver is not wearing a seatbelt. The visual signal, however, works without interruption.
Tesla explained that the warning sound is not played due to a programming error only “in some cases.” So far, the company has not received any news about the victims due to the defect. In addition, when a speed of 22 kilometers per hour is reached, an additional sound reminder of an unfastened seat belt is activated – the error does not affect this, the manufacturer concluded.
Electric car owners will not have to visit the service: according to Reuters, Tesla will fix the error and update the software over the Over The Air (OTA) wireless connection.
Tesla has been under scrutiny by regulators over the past few months. This is not the first recall this week: on Tuesday, Tesla announced a promotion involving 53,822 electric cars with a beta version of Full Self-Driving (FSD) autopilot. NHTSA has noticed that cars do not come to a complete stop at a stop sign, a behavior Tesla deliberately made part of the “aggressive” mode that users can choose for FSD.