Electric car maker Tesla will recall nearly 54,000 vehicles in the US to end a feature that allows the cars to go through a stop sign without fully coming to a halt.
This “rolling stop” feature in cars “can increase the risk of a crash,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a letter.
The feature was enabled in Tesla cars equipped with full self-driving (FSD) software.
Starting in October 2020, Tesla included the programming in the beta version of the software, which would allow a car to move through a stop sign when traveling under 5.6 miles per-hour if no other moving vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian were present.
But after two meetings with the NHTSA, Tesla decided on January 20 to deactivate this program, and notified regulators of the recall on January 27. The manufacturer said it was not aware of any accidents caused by the rolling stops.
Tesla Software Update
The company will recall Model 3 vehicles built between 2017 and 2022, the 2016-2022 Model S and Model X cars and Model Y vehicle produced between 2020 and 2022.
Tesla will send out a software update to the vehicles remotely and at no cost to their owners.
In its quarterly earnings results released last week, Tesla said the FSD beta is now being tested in real-world conditions by more than 60,000 drivers.
Company CEO Elon Musk estimated that fully autonomous driving software was possible “by the end of the year”, a promise he has made in the past.
The latest recall follows another last November for 7,600 Tesla vehicles to fix driver airbag risks and the larger recall of half a million cars in December for trunk issues.
The company also agreed late last year to disable a feature allowing drivers to play video games while driving, after a NHTSA investigation.
- AFP, with additional editing by George Russell