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Tesla Issues Massive Recall Over Full Self Driving Malfunctions

As a precautionary measure, Tesla has decided to recall more than 362,758 cars outfitted with the company’s experimental driver-assistance software. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the electric vehicle manufacturer’s Full Self-Driving Beta, or FSD Beta, may enable vehicles to travel straight through an intersection from a turn-only lane or during a steady yellow traffic signal without exercising “due caution.” 

After a dozen crashes involving first responders and other cars, the government agency that requested the recall has been investigating how Tesla handles crash sites since 2021. It was the impetus for the memory.

The following list includes years and models of automobiles that are affected:

  • 2016-2023 Model S and Model X
  • 2017-2023 Model 3
  • 2020-2023 Model Y automobiles that are either already equipped with FSD Beta or are in the process of having it installed
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Due to the highly contentious “Full Self Driving” Beta the firm has been testing; Tesla has decided to recall roughly 363,000 of its electric cars. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration thinks this beta poses a safety risk.

According to the report on recall, four models are affected by the recall: the 2016–2023 Model S, the 2016-2023 Model X, the 2017-2023 Model 3, and the 2020-2023 Model Y. 

These automobiles “have installed or are awaiting installation of a software release that contains the Autosteer on City Streets feature”.

According to the schedule disclosed by the agency that oversees vehicle safety in the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informed Tesla on January 25 that it had four issues regarding the driving behavior of FSD Beta and urged Tesla to initiate a recall. 

Even though Tesla did not agree with the agency after a few weeks of conversation, the company chose to issue a recall nevertheless, presumably because it saw the writing on the wall.

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It is at least the second recall for FSB Beta; in November 2021, the OEM was forced to recall 11,706 electric vehicles that had downloaded the then-current version of FSD Beta due to the tendency of that version to brake inappropriately, which resulted in multiple complaints from customers. This recall is for FSB Beta.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously stated that FSD is “make or break” for the company and that the feature determines whether his company is “worth a lot of money or worth virtually nothing.” 

The automaker will push a new version of the software over the air and affected Tesla owners will be notified by the middle of April. 

The automaker claims this new software version will “improve how FSD Beta negotiates certain driving maneuvers during the conditions described above.”

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