Tesla is issuing a recall for 362,000 vehicles in the US due to issues related to their Full Self-Driving software. According to Reuters, on February 16, Tesla announced that it will be recalling 362,000 vehicles in the United States to perform updates on its Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software. This decision was made after US regulators reported that the driver assistance system does not conform to traffic safety laws and has the potential to lead to accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that Tesla’s software allows its vehicles to violate speed limits and navigate intersections in an unsafe or erratic manner, thus increasing the risk of accidents. Tesla has responded by announcing a free over-the-air (OTA) software update to address the issue. The company has confirmed that it is not aware of any injuries or fatalities resulting from the software, with only 18 warranty claims reported.
On Thursday, Tesla’s shares dropped 1.6% to $210.76. The recall covers Model S, and Model X manufactured between 2016 and 2023, Model 3 manufactured between 2017 and 2023, and Model Y manufactured between 2020 and 2023, which are equipped with FSD Beta software or awaiting installation.
Although the NHTSA requested that Tesla recall the affected vehicles, the company stated that it disagreed with the NHTSA’s assessment. This rare intervention by federal regulators affects a real-world testing program that Tesla considers crucial for the development of self-driving cars. FSD Beta is used by hundreds of thousands of Tesla customers.
As of now, Tesla is not available for comment.