Tesla Recalls Around 363,000 ‘Full Self-Driving’ Vehicles to Address Behavioral Issues

Over 363,000 vehicles equipped with Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” system are being called back into service.

This is so the company may address issues with the way the system operates when approaching intersections and while adhering to prescribed speed limits.

Safety Concerns

The recall is a component of a wider investigation being conducted by safety regulators in the United States into Tesla’s self-driving systems.

It was initiated after regulators voiced concerns over how Tesla’s system reacts in four spots along roadways.

According to papers made available on Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tesla will address the issues by releasing an online software upgrade in the coming weeks.

According to the documents, Tesla is carrying out the recall, but the company disagrees with an agency’s assessment of the issue.

According to the NHTSA, the system, which is currently being tested on open roads by as many as 400,000 Tesla owners, creates unsafe behavior.

Examples are traveling directly through a crossroads while in a turn-only line of traffic, failing to come to a halt at stop signs, and going through a corner during a yellow traffic signal without proper cautiousness.

According to the papers, in addition, the system might not respond well enough to changes in the speed restrictions that are posted; it also might not take into account any changes in speed that the driver makes.

According to the materials provided by the government, Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta software that enables a vehicle to violate speed limits or proceed through junctions in an unauthorized or unpredictably dangerous manner raises the probability of a collision.

On Thursday, requests asking Tesla for comment were made.

Rebuttal and Stock Value

From May 2019 to September 12, 2022, Tesla received 18 warranties that could be related to the software. Though, the Austin, Texas-based electric car manufacturer informed the agency it is unaware of any fatalities or injuries.

NHTSA claimed in a statement that it discovered the issue while conducting testing as part of an inquiry into “Full Self-Driving” and “Autopilot” systems that perform some driving-related functions.

According to the NHTSA, “Tesla conducted a recall to remedy those problems as required by law and following talks with NHTSA.”

Tesla maintains on its website that its “Full Self-Driving” vehicles cannot operate themselves and owners must always be prepared to take control. CEO Elon Musk’s promises are to the contrary.

The “Autosteer on City Streets” test, a component of Tesla’s FSD beta testing, was judged by NHTSA to have an excessive risk to motor vehicle safety, due to inadequate adherence to traffic safety rules.

Some 2016–2023 Model S and Model X cars, 2013–2017 Model 3 vehicles, and 2020–2023 Model Y vehicles installed with the software, or awaiting installation, are included in the recall.

In the afternoon session on Thursday, Tesla stock decreased by around 2%. The stock has increased nearly 71% this year, erasing the substantial loss from 2022.

This article appeared in The Political Globe and has been published here with permission.