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• So far no known accidents in connection with the reported errors
• Most bugs can be fixed with software updates
• No recall campaigns with airbag or rear light problems have yet been initiated in Germany
A total of 19 Tesla models have been recalled this year for troubleshooting. In November alone, Tesla initiated safety-related recalls four times.
Tesla recalls in the US in November
The recall of 30,000 Model S and Model X models from model years 2021 to 2023, which started in early November in the United States, affects the calibration of the restraint system control module (RCM). In certain circumstances, namely a low-speed collision, the airbag may inflate if a small person – for example a three to six year old child – is sitting in the front passenger seat unbelted and not in the correct position. The error was discovered by Tesla itself during tests conducted between October 25 and November 8, according to the NHTSA report. Tesla then initiated a voluntary recall, and there were no reports of accidents up to this point. An over-the-air update is intended to correct the issue by updating the restraint control module calibration and does not require a workshop visit. All vehicles in production and prior to delivery would have received this update as of November 15, the report said.
Another recall relates to around 320,000 Model 3 and Model Y from model years 2021 to 2023. According to an official report from the US Department of Transportation, the taillights can suddenly light up here. The defect was mainly noticed in vehicles outside the USA. The reported malfunction is caused by an error in the activation of the rear lights when the software is started. The taillights could light up spontaneously during the starting process and, according to customer reports, sometimes not work. According to the report, brake lights, reversing lights and turn signals are not affected, and the error should also be corrected by a software update. Accidents are not known in this context.
One recall that required a workshop visit affects the Model 3: the rear seat belts had to be repaired in around 40,000 vehicles.
Tesla recall campaigns in Germany
Tesla vehicles in Germany do not appear to be affected by these recalls. The website of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) does not contain any information on the above-mentioned recalls from the USA in November (as of November 28th, 2022). The last worldwide recall, which also affected German Tesla models, dates back to August of this year – the recall started in the USA in May. According to a report by t-online nearly 15,000 newer 2021 and 2022 Teslas were affected, whose processors for the infotainment system were at risk of overheating enough to cause a slowdown or failure. This error was also corrected via a software update.
Tesla recalled around 350,000 vehicles in the US in November alone. However, as with most of the electric car manufacturer’s recall campaigns, this is only a software update and not a workshop visit. The term “recall” could therefore be misunderstood, but is used accordingly by the US Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and applied to all safety issues across manufacturers.
Other manufacturers also have to recall vehicles more or less regularly, but a software update is often not enough. At the beginning of November, for example, Mercedes-Benz had to recall around 200,000 E-Class and CLS vehicles from the years 2015 to 2022 to its workshops worldwide because of a poorly attached battery, which could impair post-crash functions if it were to become detached.
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