Tesla is recalling more than 1 million vehicles due to a power window defect that “may exert excessive force by pinching” a passenger before retracting, though in this case, a “recall” means fixing the problem via an over-the-air (OTA) software update.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(Opens in a new window) (NHTSA), the automatic reversal system on certain Tesla model windows “may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction,” increasing risk of injury.
The defect, reported early this week, potentially affects more than 1 million Tesla EVs, including certain 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2022 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X cars.
The OTA firmware update enhances “the calibration of the vehicle’s automatic window reversal system behavior to ensure compliance” with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
During production testing last month, Tesla technicians found(Opens in a new window) that the window automatic reversal system performance “had greater than expected variations in response to pinch detection” and exceeded federal requirements. On Sept. 12, Tesla issued a voluntary recall, and pushed a firmware update to affected vehicles in production and pre-delivery containment the next day.
All Tesla stores and service centers have been notified about the recall (22V702000) and owner notification letters will be mailed on Nov. 15. Tesla is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths related to the window-pinching problem.
This comes just four months after the luxury EV maker recalled nearly 130,000 cars due to a defect that, during fast-charging, may cause the processor powering the infotainment system to overheat and the touch screen to lag or restart. This, according to NHTSA, could prevent the display of important information like rearview camera images, gear selection, windshield visibility control settings, and warning lights.
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