Tesla is recalling over 2 million vehicles in the US, nearly all the vehicles sold in the US, due to some warning lights on the instrument panel being too small. The recall was announced last Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in what many are calling a “sign of stepped-up scrutiny of the electric vehicle maker,” according to the Associated Press.
The Administration also stated that they are upgrading their 2023 Tesla investigation regarding steering issues into an engineering analysis, which could lead to yet another recall.
The documents posted on Friday by the NHTSA state the warning light recall specifically will be done with an online software update. The models included in this recall are the 2012 through 2023 Model S, the 2016 through 2023 Model X, the 2017 through 2023 Model 3, the 2019 through 2024 Model Y and the 2024 Cybertruck.
The agency says that the “brake, park and antilock brake warning lights have a smaller font size than required by federal safety standards. That can make critical safety information hard to read, increasing the risk of a crash.”
NHTSA stated that they found the issue in a routine safety compliance audit performed on January 8th. Back in December, the NHTSA put pressure on Tesla to recall more than 2 million vehicles to update their software and fix a defective system that is meant to guarantee drivers are paying attention to the road when using Autopilot.
That specific recall inquiry came after a two-year investigation performed by the NHTSA based on a series of crashes that happened when the Autopilot feature was engaged, and some of those crashes were unfortunately fatal.
The Autopilot system can allegedly be “inadequate and can lead to foreseeable misuse of the system. The added controls and alerts further encourage the driver to adhere to their continuous driving responsibility,” according to the agency.
In February 2023, NHTSA also encouraged Tesla to recall over 360,000 vehicles that had its “Full Self-Driving” system because that system can be shaky around intersections and don’t always follow speed limits. This recall was also a part of a larger investigation into Tesla and its automated driving systems in general.
Tesla is also recalling over 1.6 million vehicles in their Model S, X, 3, and Y series that were exported to China, over problems with their automatic assisted steering and door latch controls.
Agency documents state that Tesla drivers are reporting a loss of control over their steering which is often accompanied by messages that show power assisted steering has been reduced or disabled completely.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at email@example.com.