Tesla recalls thousands of electric cars due to dangerous software failure

Tesla recalls thousands of electric cars due to dangerous software failure

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Tesla has announced the recall of nearly 12,000 vehicles sold in the United States. According to Reuters, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the reason for the major action is a dangerous software bug causing false collision warnings. They activate the automatic emergency braking system, which can suddenly stop the car on the road and cause an accident.

The campaign affects 11,704 vehicles from all four models – Model S, X, 3 and Y – sold since 2017 in the United States. The glitch was noticed after the release of version 10.3 of the Full-Self Driving (FSD) semi-automatic pilot on October 23rd. After complaining about inadvertent activation of the emergency braking system, Tesla removed the version by rolling the system back to 10.2, and then the developers hastily released a patched version of FSD 10.3.1 to replace the problematic software.

NHTSA promises to continue negotiations with Tesla “to ensure that any security flaw is promptly identified and corrected.”

Tesla itself said on October 29 that 99.8 percent of cars that downloaded defective firmware received new software via OTA (Over the Air). The new software has not been installed on only 17 electric cars, the manufacturer claims.

Tesla had to announce a major recall in China in June. The reason was also the electronics: 285 thousand Model Y and Model 3 were sent to the service due to the spontaneous cruise control, which accelerated the cars without the participation of the driver.

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