Washington:Tesla Inc. will recover 53,822 American cars with the company’s fully self-driving (Beta) software, which allows some models to perform “rolling stops” and not stop completely at some intersections that pose a safety risk.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the recall covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3, and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles. NHTSA said the feature also known as FSD Beta could allow cars to travel through an intersection for any stop without stopping first.
Tesla will implement an over-the-air software update that disables the “rolling stop” functionality, NHTSA said. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last week, Tesla said the number of FSD beta cars in the United States increased to nearly 60,000 from a few thousand at the end of September. Tesla has tested the improved version of its automated driving software on public roads, but the automaker and regulator have said the features do not make the cars autonomous.
Tesla said since Jan. 27 was unaware of warranty claims, crashes, injuries or deaths associated with the recall.
Tesla told the car safety bureau that it was on Oct. 20 an updated version to introduce the “rolling stop” functionality. The automaker said to use the feature, cars must travel under 5.6 miles (9 km) per hour and no relevant moving cars, pedestrians or cyclists will be detected at the intersection.
The feature, which appeared to violate state laws requiring cars to stop completely and require drivers to sign up for what was called “assertive” mode, drew attention on social media and asked NHTSA to ask questions with Tesla.
According to a defect report submitted to the auto safety agency, Tesla said it met with NHTSA employees on Jan. 10 and Jan. 19 “to discuss the functionality, including control parameters” and the car manufacturer on Jan. 20 voted in favor with the recall.
In November, Tesla recalled nearly 12,000 U.S. cars sold since 2017 for another software update because a communication error could cause a false warning of a collision or unexpected activation of the emergency brakes.
NHTSA said last week that it had sought additional information from Tesla in its investigation into 580,000 cars over the automaker’s decision to play games by passengers on the front-center touchscreen.
In December, NHTSA launched a preliminary evaluation in 2017-2022 Tesla Model 3, S, X, and Y cars on the car’s “Passenger Play” feature, the agency said that “the driver may be distracted and the risk of a increase crash. “
In August, NHTSA opened a formal safety probe into Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system in 765,000 U.S. cars after nearly a dozen crashes involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles. That investigation also remains open.