1.1 million Tesla cars recalled over software glitch

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Electric car giant Tesla has recalled approximately 1.1 million US car models after detecting a flaw in the vehicles’ automatic window reversal system.

The software glitch, which affects Model 3, Model Y, Model S, and Model X vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2022, may cause the system to malfunction after detecting an obstacle, increasing the likelihood of a crash.


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Tesla, thereby, violated a federal motor vehicle safety standard governing power windows. Following rigorous testing by the company, it was found that the vehicles' pinch detection and retraction performance did not meet automatic reversal systems requirements.

A closing window without the proper automatic reversing system may exert excessive force by pinching a driver or passenger before retracting, according to the national highway traffic safety administration (NHTSA).

To alleviate the risk, Tesla has taken measures to perform an over-the-air software update of the automatic window reversal system.

On 13 September, the company released a software update to optimize power-operated window operation for vehicles in production and awaiting delivery.

By far, there have been no incidents of warranty claims, field reports, crashes, injuries, or deaths as a direct result of the bug.

The software update "enhances the calibration of the vehicle’s automatic window reversal system behavior," affirmed Tesla.

Earlier this year, Tesla recalled nearly 59,000 cars after the firm’s eCall emergency system began to malfunction.