Tesla issues safety recall for over 11,500 cars as glitch may ‘increase risk of a crash’

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The USA’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tesla’s glitch would “increase the risk of a crash”. The issue stems from a communications glitch in the electric cars that may cause the emergency brake to automatically be applied.

Four Tesla model ranges are affected by the issue including the brand new 2020 Model Y.

NHTSA also warns some Tesla Model 3, S and X models will also suffer the issue.

The recall notice confirmed a total of 11,704 vehicles in the USA would be affected.

There is not yet any confirmation on whether any European or UK vehicles are suffering similar issues.

The NHTSA safety recall notice said: “Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2017-2021 Model S, Model 3, Model X, and 2020-2021 Model Y vehicles operating software version 2021.36.5.2.

“A communication error may cause false forward-collision warning (FCW) or unexpected activation of the automatic emergency brake (AEB) system.”

A fix for the error has already been identified with tesla confirming this will be given to drivers remotely, free of charge.

Drivers are expected to get notification letters about the update by the end of the year.

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The recall notice said: “Tesla Service has released an over the air (OTA) software update, free of charge.

“Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 28, 2021.”

NHTSA has recorded multiple complaints about the Tesla’s Forward Collision Avoidance system.

One incident involving a Tesla Model Y took place in Chicago, Illinois in May.

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