Tesla is recalling nearly 54,000 vehicles because a software feature allows them to drive through stop signs.
The company will issue an over-the-air software update that disables the Full Self-Driving Beta (FSDB) “continuous shutdown” feature. Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, tweeted that there were no safety concerns and that the cars just slowed down.
All-way stop signs, common on North American highways, require drivers to come to a complete stop before proceeding.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): “Failure to stop at a stop sign can increase the risk of a crash. In the recall documents, the electric vehicle manufacturer notes that if certain conditions are met, the “rolling brake” feature is designed to allow the vehicle to travel through stop intersections in all directions at up to 5.6 mph without stopping. completely.
Tesla says the conditions include the functionality must be enabled in the FSDB configuration.
the vehicle must travel less than 5.6 mph no relevant moving vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists are detected near the intersection all roads entering the intersection have a 30 mph speed limit In January, Tesla met with the NHTSA to discuss the rolling stop feature and decided on a voluntary recall shortly after. Covers select 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles.
Tesla says it is not aware of any collisions, injuries or deaths related to the feature.
Musk tweeted: “No safety issues. Car just slowed down to -2 mph and continued forward if it looked clear with no cars or pedestrians.”
The news follows the announcement in December of a recall of 475,000 Tesla vehicles in the US for possible problems related to rear view cameras and trunk.
And in August, the NHTSA opened an official investigation into Tesla’s “self-steering” autopilot system.
The safety administration said it was acting, following 11 Tesla accidents since 2018 involving emergency vehicles.