Tesla Inc. agreed Thursday to recall 362,000 vehicles in USA in the face of problems with its Beta Full Self-Driving (FSD) software, after federal regulators determined that the system does not adequately comply with highway safety laws and could cause accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that Tesla’s software allows a vehicle to “exceed speed limits or travel through intersections in an illegal or unpredictable manner, which increases the risk of a crash.”
Tesla will release a software update (OTA), free of charge, and said it is not aware of any injuries or deaths that may be related to the issue. The automaker said it had 18 warranty claims.
The recall, which Tesla said it disagreed with, is a rare intervention by federal regulators in a field-testing process the company sees as crucial to developing self-driving cars. FSD Beta is used by hundreds of thousands of Tesla customers.
The recall covers 2017-2023 Model S, Model X, Model 3 and 2016-2023 Model Y 2020-2023 vehicles equipped with FSD Beta software or pending installation.
NHTSA has an ongoing investigation that it opened in 2021 into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with driver assistance systems. Autopilot for a series of accidents with parked vehicles for emergencies.
NHTSA is examining whether Tesla’s cars adequately ensure that drivers are paying attention. NHTSA said Thursday that despite the FSD’s withdrawal, its “investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot and associated vehicle systems remains open and active.”
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