Tesla Announces Urgent Recall of 125,227 Vehicles Over Seat Belt Alert Flaws

June 6, 2024
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Man Driving a Tesla.
Man Driving a Tesla.

After the issue related to Autopilot (which involved two million cars), Tesla will carry out a new recall in the United States for 125,227 vehicles, this time due to a problem with the seat belts. According to the report published by NHTSA, the federal road safety agency, the cars do not meet the required standards regarding audio and visual warnings, which may not trigger when the driver is traveling with an unbuckled seat belt, potentially “increasing the risk of injury in the event of an accident.”

The models involved: The recall involves Tesla’s entire current range, excluding the Cybertruck: some Model S produced from 2012 to 2024, Model X from 2015 to 2024, Model 3 from 2017 to 2023, and Model Y from 2020 to 2023. In the coming weeks, the American company will distribute an over-the-air update for the car’s software. The update removes the driver’s seat occupancy sensor from the buzzer’s operational requirements, which will activate using only the information from the seat belt latch and the car’s ignition.

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Tesla is once again in the spotlight, this time for a seat belt issue that has led to the recall of 125,227 vehicles in the United States. Following the massive recall related to Autopilot, which affected two million cars, Elon Musk’s company is now facing a new road safety concern. The recall affects a wide range of Tesla models, excluding the new Cybertruck. This issue was identified through NHTSA tests, which revealed that seat belt warnings were not functioning correctly in certain circumstances. The main problem is that the driver’s seat occupancy sensors, integrated into the safety system, may not correctly detect if the seat belt is unfastened, thus preventing the warning buzzer from activating.

Tesla has promptly responded to the issue by distributing an over-the-air (OTA) software update for the affected vehicles. This solution will ensure that the warning buzzer activates correctly whenever the seat belt is unfastened, regardless of the driver’s seat weight detection. Currently, there are no reports of similar recalls for models sold in Europe. However, Tesla is likely to monitor the situation closely and take necessary measures if similar issues arise in other markets. This recall demonstrates Tesla’s commitment to ensuring the safety of its vehicles, even if it means facing public challenges and criticism.

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