Tesla to Fix Window Issue on Nearly 1.1 Million Cars with Software Update
A window issue has been discovered in many of Tesla’s vehicles, which could cause passengers to be pinched when the window’s closing or opening paths are obstructed.
Tesla is “recalling” 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S., due to a software issue that causes the automatic window reversal system to react incorrectly when obstructions are detected, as Reuters reports.
The automaker contacted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over the issue, adding that it plans to deploy an over-the-air software update to fix the issue, as it normally does with mass recalls.
The current recall applies to Model 3 units built from 2017-2022, Model Y units built from 2020-2021, and Model S or X units built between 2021-2022.
The affected vehicles may have windows that will pinch drivers or passengers with excessive force before they reverse themselves, which Tesla says could cause injury.
During August product testing, Tesla employees noted that the window reversal response had “greater than expected variations in response to pinch detection.”
Further testing showed that the windows did not meet NHTSA regulations on window reversal requirements, which are intended to help prevent injuries from windows being rolled up or down.
In the correspondence with the NHTSA, Tesla said it’s not aware of any warranty claims, crashes, injuries or deaths associated with the window issue.
Musk says “the terminology is outdated and inaccurate. This is a tiny over-the-air software update. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no injuries.”
The terminology is outdated & inaccurate. This is a tiny over-the-air software update. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no injuries.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 22, 2022