Tesla Software Update to Fix Brake Concerns in 1.1M Cars in China

Tesla is set to launch its largest-ever “recall” in China, targeting a software flaw in over 1.1 million vehicles. The issue, concerning the regenerative braking system, can be fixed via an over-the-air (OTA) update. The so-called “recall” is slated to begin on May 29, 2023, reports CnEVPost.

The over-the-air software fix will apply to both imported and locally made vehicles, including Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y, all produced between January 12, 2019, and April 24, 2023.

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) revealed that the current software does not allow drivers to select a regenerative braking strategy, potentially increasing the risk of accidents.

Tesla has developed a new software update to address these issues. This OTA update will provide options for drivers to select the intensity of regenerative braking, adjust the vehicle’s default regenerative braking strategy, and alert drivers when the accelerator pedal is deeply depressed for an extended period.

As reported by the Southern Metropolis Daily, Tesla acknowledged that pedal missteps are a frequent cause of road accidents. They confirmed that their forthcoming update is specifically designed to decrease the likelihood of such incidents.

The “recall” and subsequent software update is Tesla’s latest move to enhance vehicle safety following a series of accidents in China. Although there’s no direct evidence linking the single-pedal mode to these accidents, the automaker has faced criticism over its implementation.