Tesla Issues Recall for Nearly Every Vehicle Sold in the United States
Nearly every car that Tesla has ever sold in the US is affected by a recent recall that the company has issued. More than 2 million cars are affected by the recall over hard-to-read warning lights, which also includes the recently announced Cybertruck from the business.
According to Automotive News, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that Tesla’s font for marking the park, brake, and anti-lock brake controls on its dashboards is smaller than the required 3.2mm, which could make it difficult for drivers to read and possibly lead to an error or collision.
The written and visual warnings on the warning indicators must be in contrasting colors to the background and each other, with one warning indication being displayed in red, in addition to meeting the necessary size requirements.
All of Tesla’s models are affected by the recall, including the Model S, Model X, Model Y, 2017–2023 Model 3, and 2024 Cybertruck models.
Although the NHTSA refers to the issue as a “recall,” Tesla can resolve the issue with an over-the-air software update, negating the requirement to have the vehicle towed in for repairs. The upgrade began going out on January 23 and boosts the warning indication light’s letter size. This is the first patch that affects Cybertrucks, as it will also be applied to trucks that are currently in production.
The recall follows a voluntary recall of Tesla automobiles in December due to safety issues with Autopilot. In that instance, when drivers disregarded alerts regarding the car’s self-driving capabilities, the electronics inside the vehicle did not react appropriately.
To fix the problem, Tesla released an updated version of Autopilot; however, a number of drivers have stated that Autopilot is now either excessively strict or not functioning properly on their vehicles. “The car is actually now more unsafe and distracting with disruptive beeping and alerts,” a motorist complained in a complaint to the NHTSA.