a software problem hits 60,000 Model 3 and Model Y

The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, the German federal agency for road safety, asks Tesla to recall 59,000 vehicles because of a bug deemed dangerous.

Yet another hiccup for Tesla. The German automobile policeman announces that a software problem affects 59,129 vehicles. The regulator doesn’t have the credentials to force Tesla into a recall, but its findings are no less alarmist. According to the authority, the manufacturer must recall certain vehicles produced in the new factory in Berlin, but also in Fremont to review their emergency call system. Indeed, the agency has detected a software problem that would prevent the eCall from activating. eCall is a mandatory on-board system in cars. Introduced in 2018, it connects vehicles to the network and automatically triggers an emergency call in the event of an accident.

The 59 129 Model 3 and Model Y would be defective on this point. Problem: the German regulator must be content to sound the alarm and can only force a recall for vehicles registered in Germany. So it’s up to owners to be vigilant, unless Tesla issues a recall or update itself. It is still necessary to be able to identify the cars concerned. The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt report published on June 29 was made public by local radio station RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). It evokes vehicles produced both in the United States (in Fremont), in China (Shanghai) and in the new Gigafactory in Berlin.

11 recalls in 2022

When it comes to safety, Tesla is having a pretty tumultuous year. The Californian manufacturer is already the subject of 11 recalls on its electric cars, including three related specifically to software concerns. The last of these involved the main vehicle display and affected approximately 130,000 vehicles manufactured between 2021 and 2022. Not all causes of recalls necessarily involve safety concerns, but they also do not contribute to improving the image of a manufacturer that relies heavily on its reputation.

Finally, this new security alert comes at a critical time for Tesla. The manufacturer, like other car manufacturers, is experiencing serious delivery difficulties (due to the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis). The Californian announced this weekend an 18% drop in deliveries. Its CEO, Elon Musk has also acknowledged that its factories in Texas and Germany were losing millions of dollars.

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