Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
Image courtesy of Tesla China

Cars

Tesla’s “Recall” Of 285,000 (Or 249,000) Vehicles In China Is Just A Simple Software Update

Reuters has reported that Tesla “recalled” 249,855 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in China, and also noted that owners were not required to return their vehicles. Bloomberg noted that the number was higher than 285,000 vehicles and that the recall was over “Autopilot issues.”

What the average consumer may not realize is that this “recall” isn’t a typical recall and that it’s an issue that is easily fixed. Usually, when the average consumer thinks of auto recalls, they think that they have to return the vehicle for either their money back or a loaner until the original is repaired.

In the case of Tesla’s recent recall, this is not what’s happening. The Reuters article, which is paywalled, briefly noted that this wasn’t an actual recall — it involves an over-the-air software update. That’s it. Twitter user Ray4Tesla found the report the article cited and shared the translation on Twitter.

The document, issued by the China State Administration for Market Regulation, stated that Tesla recalled some of its imported and domestic made-in-Chine Models 3 and Y vehicles. It also said that Tesla would contact its customers through the Tesla Service Center to upgrade their vehicles at no cost to them.

The issue, the document noted, would likely cause the driver to accidentally activate the active cruise function. The document described several scenarios in which this could happen and pointed out that it could lead the driver to misjudge their control of the vehicle leading to an accident.

Ray4Tesla also noted that Tesla proactively issued the recall, rather than a regulator finding an issue and requiring it.

Tesla’s decision to take recall measures was to eliminate any potential safety hazards. No one has to give up their car and wait forever to have it fixed.

Autopilot Is Not At Fault Here

The Bloomberg piece alluded to the fact that Autopilot was a concern in this case. The real issue is that Tesla wanted to make sure it couldn’t easily be activated. However, many will see these headlines and without reading the article just assume the worst.

The “recall” is just another example of Tesla’s value on safety as its number one focus when designing vehicles. In the below tweet, Elon was replying to a customer who was involved in a horrible crash that probably would have killed someone had their car not have been the safest one ever tested by the NHTSA. In yet another case, we see Tesla taking safety extra seriously.

 
 
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
 

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Advertisement
 
Written By

Johnna owns less than one share of $TSLA currently and supports Tesla's mission. She also gardens, collects interesting minerals and can be found on TikTok

Comments

You May Also Like

Cars

Germany’s plugin electric vehicle share broke new records in November, gaining 39.4% of the auto market, up from 34.4%, year on year. Overall auto...

Batteries

For the first time in over a decade, the cost of producing a kWh of battery capacity has gone up!

Cars

Just months after the Tesla Model Y earned the highest score in history on one European safety index, another car in the automaker’s lineup...

Cars

The UK auto market saw plugin electric vehicles take 27.7% share in November, down from 28.1% year on year. Full electric share grew YoY,...

Copyright © 2022 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.