Tesla Ordered to Fix Model 3/Y Emergency Calls Glitch in Germany

According to a report from German broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority has ordered Tesla to recall Model 3 and Model Y units in the country over an issue with the vehicles’ emergency systems, reports rbb24.de (via Bloomberg).

The automotive regulator announced on June 29 that it has identified a bug with an emergency feature designed to call 911 (or the relevant local emergency authority) in the event of a major accident.

According to the watchdog, the issue affects more than 59,000 Model 3/Y units across the globe. Affected units were manufactured this year at Tesla’s Fremont factory, Shanghai Gigafactory, and the new Gigafactory near Berlin.

Giga Berlin currently only produces the Model Y. Tesla’s German plant hit a production milestone last month, piping out 1,000+ cars per week for the first time.

The Federal Motor Transport Authority urged affected owners to contact Tesla or drive their car to an authorized service center for a software update to patch the issue.

Germany’s automotive regulator only has the authority to demand Tesla issue a recall within the country. If the problem is confirmed by authorities elsewhere, however, recalls in other regions could soon follow.

Tesla on Saturday reported a delivery count of 254,695 vehicles for the second quarter of this year. The Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles are currently leading the charge for Tesla worldwide.

In October of last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told shareholders that the Model Y should ultimately become the “best-selling vehicle of any kind,” globally.