Why Is Tesla Recalling Its Self-Driving Cars?
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A few days ago, car manufacturer Tesla announced a recall for all of its self-driving vehicles, which have supposedly led to a somewhat higher risk of traffic accidents recently. Whether you drive a Tesla or you’re just interested in new developments in tech and vehicles, read on below to learn why Tesla is recalling its self-driving cars.
Why are some Tesla cars being recalled?
Some Tesla vehicles are being recalled due to issues with Tesla’s full self-driving (FSD) beta software. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in some extremely rare circumstances, FSD software can increase the risk of a crash and potentially cause danger to passengers.
How does a recall work?
When an automobile manufacturer determines that a defect or safety issue exists in one of its vehicles, it may issue a recall notice. The notice provides instructions on how to repair or replace the defective part or parts and may include instructions on how to obtain a free repair. The notice is typically sent to owners of affected vehicles via mail or email, and it may also be posted on the manufacturer’s website or announced through news media outlets.
The manufacturer is responsible for correcting the problem at no cost to the owner. Owners are typically advised to take their vehicle to a dealer or authorized repair facility as soon as possible to have the recall repair completed. This particular recall will be handled by an over-the-air software update, so owners will not need to take their Tesla anywhere.
When will full self-driving work again?
Full self-driving on Teslas is still active and is not being removed from any vehicles due to the recall. Cars being recalled will receive the software update that fixes the FSD beta within the next few weeks. Cars with FSD beta enabled should still have a human in the driver’s seat, and as of now, Tesla recommends the mode as a “driver support” or “driver assistance” feature, and not as a completely autonomous form of transportation.
Which cars are being recalled?
Nearly 363,000 Tesla vehicles with FSD capability are being recalled. Every Tesla since 2020 has been produced with the capability to support FSD, but the feature is an optional package that owners need to pay an additional $15,000 to have enabled. The vehicles that can access FSD and will be receiving the new software patch are the 2016-2023 Model S, the 2016-2023 Model X, the 2017-2023 Model 3, and the 2020-2023 Model Y. Tesla owners who have not paid for full self-driving capabilities will not be affected by the recall.
Was Tesla’s stock price affected?
Tesla (TSLA) has been one of the hottest stocks on the market for the last few years, and last year, Forbes named it one of the 10 most active stocks of the year. Many Tesla investors are faithfully watching the news for information about the company and its vehicles.