‘Fun police’ strike again: Tesla recalls 595,000 vehicles after safety investigation

Tesla is recalling more of its vehicles from the market for issues that threaten the safety of drivers and passengers, for the eighth time in the past five months.

The company announced on Thursday that it will be recalling nearly 600,000 of its 2020-2022 Model Y, X and S vehicles, as well as the 2017-2022 Model 3 – through its “Boombox”, a feature that allows drivers to play moving music.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – or as CEO of Tesla Elon Musk calls him “the funny police” – deemed the Boombox non-safety compliant as it has the potential to drown out the alert sounds required for all electric vehicles.

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Earlier this month, Tesla announced it would be recalling 7,000 Model X SUVs from 2021 to 2022 due to an issue with its airbags. NHTSA said they did not inflate as they should when the car windows are rolled down.

The recalls are the latest in a long series of clashes between Musk and the US Highway Safety Agency that has left the Tesla founder less than satisfied.

The feud between Elon Musk and the NHTSA began last December when the US security agency forced Tesla to recall nearly half a million vehicles – Model 3 and Model S electric cars – from the US market due to concerns with their reversing camera and trunk.

The news was shocking to the automotive industry in general, but especially to market shareholders. Tesla shares fell 3% on the morning of Dec. 30 when the news broke.

But shareholders had to get used to similar announcements.

On Jan. 27, Tesla said it was recalling nearly 54,000 of its cars and SUVs from the U.S. market because the vehicles failed to come to a complete stop at stop signs under their “Complete self-driving” Software.

The vehicles involved were Model S and X sedans, 2016-2022 SUVs, 2017-2022 Model 3 sedans, and 2020-2022 Model Y SUVs. Instead of properly stopping in front of a stop sign, as required by law, the vehicles continued to travel at 9 km/h.

Tesla later announced it would remove its “roll-stop” feature after NHTSA said it could increase “the risk of a crash”.

Just five days later, Tesla made another announcement, saying they had to recall 817,000 cars in the United States due to a problem with the seatbelt alert on some of its vehicles, likely caused by a software error, the company claimed. .

Vehicles belonging to the 2021-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3, and 2020-2022 Model Y failed to meet federal standards requiring an audible alert to be activated when drivers fasten their seat belts, according to NHTSA security in place.

And that wasn’t the end of Tesla’s recall woes.

On Feb. 4, Tesla recalled nearly 580,000 vehicles due to a problem with its “Boombox,” which the agency said then for the first time had the potential to drown out the sounds of the pedestrian warning system.

On February 8, the company was forced to recall 26,681 cars – including some 2021-2022 Model 3, Model S, Model X and 2020-2022 Model Y – due to an issue with its defrost and demisting systems. of the windshield.

According to an NHTSA safety report, a problem with the vehicles heat pump could have caused reduced windshield visibility under certain conditions, increasing the risk of a crash.

Then an issue with some of Tesla’s models arose when NHTSA found that the rear view mirror image appeared on the screen with a delay when drivers reversed – some 2018-2019 Model S, Model X and Model 3 2017-2020 equipped with autopilot computer 2.5. Tesla then recalled 947 cars from the US market.

Responding to a Twitter user in February, who asked Musk why Tesla was recalling its vehicles on the “Boombox”, the billionaire replied, “Fun police made us do it (sigh).”

Judging by how things have been over the past few months, it seems unlikely that the latest recall will be Tesla’s last.

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