In China, Tesla will recall more than 285,000 electric cars due to “risk of collision”. A process that should result in a simple update of the manufacturer’s software.
In the eyes of Chinese officials, Tesla will have to recall thousands of its cars in China after several fatal crashes in recent months. The proceedings pertain to more than 285,000 vehicles, including 249,855 Model 3s and Model Ys manufactured in China and 35,665 Model 3s imported from the California plant in Fremont.
On its website, the Chinese administration specifies that the process is linked to the operation of its driving assistance system. According to the investigation, it may have been accidentally activated by the driver, causing “sudden acceleration” and the risk of a collision.
« We apologize to all owners for the inconvenience caused by this recall. Tesla said in a post on the Weibo social network.
Given that the problem remains software, Tesla shouldn’t be recalling all related models at its branches. Remotely downloadable by owners, an update should easily solve the problem.
However, the announcement caused a stir in China and discredited the already widely controversial Autopilot. This isn’t the first time Tesla has hit the headlines. At the Shanghai Auto Show last April, an owner went so far as to sneak into the automaker’s booth Report your vehicle’s braking system failure.
Nevertheless, Tesla is one of the most popular electric car brands in China. In May, the automaker sold 33,463 cars nationwide, up 29% from April.
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