Tesla has recalled more than 817,000 vehicles in the U.S. because some seat belt reminder chimes may not sound when the vehicles are started and the driver hasn’t buckled up. The decision has been taken to make sure the safety procedures are corrected which passengers and authorities kept trust on. ABC News reported that this is the largest recall ever happened.
According to documents posted Thursday by safety regulators. 2021 and 2022 Model S sedan and Model X SUV, as well as 2017 through 2022 Model 3 sedan and 2020 through 2022 Model Y SUV, are the affected models.
What really forced Tesla to recall these vehicles
As per regulations of US Federal motor vehicle safety laws, the chimes should sound when vehicles are started, and the sound stops when front belts are buckled.
The recall documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say the problem occur only if the driver left the vehicle in the previous drive cycle while the chime was sounding.
The company says in the documents that it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries due to the problem. A visual seat belt reminder is still displayed and the alarm sound was the only malfunctioned feature.
Where was it noticed?
The problem was discovered by South Korea’s Automobile Testing and Research Institute on Jan. 6. Tesla investigated and determined that a recall was needed on Jan. 25, the documents say.
The chime still sounds if the vehicles go over 22 kilometres per hour (13.7 miles per hour) and the driver’s belt isn’t buckled.
The Largest Recall ever
The recall is among the largest in the Austin, Texas, company’s history and covers all four models in its lineup. Estimates by Motorintelligence.com show Tesla has sold just over 1 million vehicles in the U.S. since 2013.
The recall comes as the company faces increasing scrutiny from NHTSA, the nation’s road safety agency.
Earlier this week the agency announced that Tesla would recall nearly 54,000 cars and SUVs because their “Full Self-Driving” software lets them roll through stop signs without coming to a complete halt.
ABC News Reported further about “Tesla Full Self Driving” capability development
Recall documents posted Tuesday to say that Tesla will disable the feature with a software update. The “rolling stop” feature allows vehicles to go through intersections with all-way stop signs at up to 5.6 miles (9 kilometres) per hour. The feature would work as long as the owner chose to activate it and the car didn’t detect any “relevant” moving cars, pedestrians or bicyclists.
Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” software is being tested by selected owners on public roads. It cannot drive itself, and the company warns that drivers must be ready to intervene at any time.
NHTSA also is looking into a driver’s complaint that “Full Self-Driving” software caused a crash in California.
It’s also investigating why Teslas using the company’s less-sophisticated “Autopilot” driver-assist system have repeatedly crashed into emergency vehicles parked on roadways.
Source: ABC News AU