2 Million Recalled

(5MinNewsBreak.com) – The most successful EV company in the world crashes into a ‘welcome back to reality’ tree as Tesla, led by Elon Musk, has initiated its largest recall to date, encompassing over 2 million vehicles sold in the United States.

This move aims to address a critical flaw in the company’s “Autopilot” assisted-driving system. The recall coincides with an ongoing investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into Autopilot-related crashes, including a fatal incident in Virginia last July where the software was active.

The NHTSA’s probe, which started over two years ago, involved scrutinizing 956 crashes potentially linked to Autopilot. The agency’s findings suggest that the current safeguards might not adequately prevent drivers from misusing the software. The NHTSA identified scenarios where the risk of a crash might increase if Autosteer is engaged and the driver fails to maintain control or intervene when needed.

Tesla’s approach to resolving this issue involves an over-the-air software update, set to commence on Tuesday or shortly thereafter. Affected models include the Tesla Model 3, Model S, Model X, and Model Y, some of which date back to 2012. The update will introduce enhanced controls and alerts to ensure driver attentiveness while using Autopilot, including maintaining both hands on the steering wheel and continuous road vigilance.

Following the recall announcement, Tesla’s stock experienced a brief dip but ultimately closed up by 1%.

This recall was further underscored by the revelation from Virginia authorities that Autopilot was engaged during a fatal crash involving a Tesla and a tractor-trailer. The victim, 57-year-old Pablo Teodoro III, was reportedly speeding at the time of the incident. The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office noted that Teodoro seemed to have taken some action just before the crash, though the specifics remain unclear.

Additionally, the vehicle’s system reportedly detected an obstruction and sent alerts. The NHTSA is continuing its investigation into this crash.

The recall also follows critical reporting by The Washington Post, which alleged that Tesla allowed Autopilot usage in conditions it wasn’t designed for, such as on roads with hills or sharp turns. The publication linked the software to at least eight serious or fatal accidents under these circumstances.

In response, Tesla staunchly defended the safety of Autopilot, highlighting in a post the comparative safety data when the software is engaged versus disengaged. The company emphasized its commitment to improving its safety systems, aligning with its moral obligation.
Elon Musk has consistently advocated for the safety of Autopilot, viewing the development of assisted and fully-automated driving features as integral to Tesla’s future.