Over 300,000 Tesla vehicles have been pulled from the market after concerns of drivers’ safety have been raised. Vehicles with the “Full-Self Driving” feature are now known to misbehave at intersections and blatantly ignore traffic laws, even going against speed limits and exceeding them to a dangerous degree.
These now recalled FSD Beta cars have been known to travel straight through an intersection’s turn-only lane, not coming to a complete stop at stop signs or entering an intersection on a yellow light. The recall notice applies to certain 2016-2023 Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles. Despite the models all being marketed as self-driving, Tesla’s website states that its cars weren’t made to drive all by themselves and a driver should be ready to intervene at any point.
The recall is part of a larger investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is by far the most serious action yet taken towards the company. An investigation by the NHTSA has led to the discovery that beta testing for FSD and autopilot models, “led to an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety based on insufficient adherence to traffic safety laws.”
This isn’t Tesla’s first deep-dive into hot water related to its electric and autonomous vehicles. Multiple car accidents have already been reported in the currently recalled cars. The first incident was reported in California, where a Model S car struck a construction site, leaving 3 passengers dead after striking a curb and slamming into the equipment. Three construction workers were also hospitalized for their non-life-threatening injuries. The second incident, occurring in Ohio, left a driver’s Model 3 demolished after crashing straight into the Greater Columbus Convention Center when the driver lost control of the car’s brakes. No fatalities were recorded for this recent recall; though, these specific Tesla cars have known to be a potential liability for quite some time.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t your typical recall. The company plans to address concerns with an online software update, meaning the issue will be fixed remotely. Musk himself took to Twitter, calling the remote fix being labeled a ‘recall’ in the press “anachronistic and just flat wrong!”
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