Tesla’s Recent “Safety Recall” of Over 1 million Electric Vehicles are Software Updates: Check Why?


The series was reported to an extent but what was left is that almost all of these safety recalls were justly simple software glitches that Tesla has been able to settle via over-the-air software updates. On the 22nd of September, the media reported Tesla recalled over 1 million electric vehicles in the United States to fix a window glitch, but the giant safety recall is just another software update that the company already initiated earlier. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this year released a series of recalls on Telsa vehicles that were highly converged by the media.

NHSTA issued a safety recall over tesla vehicles’ window issue; it said closing/rolling up a window not recognizing a particular object may exert excessive force on the passenger or driver before retracting, increasing the risk of injury if the automatic reversing system is not installed properly. It further said it violates federal safety standards for power windows as the vehicles don’t comply with requirements. And Tesla said, “an online software will fix the issue.

NHTSA wrote in the recall report: “Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles. The window automatic reversal system may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 118, ‘Power-Operated Window Systems.”

Tesla wrote, “Tesla will perform an over-the-air (OTA) software update of the automatic window reversal system, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on November 15, 2022. Owners may contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla’s number for this recall is SB-22-00-013.”

Tesla claimed the company discovered the issue while testing in august, saying the manufacturer identified window reversal system had “greater than expected variations in response to pinch detection.” And after extensive testing, the test results couldn’t meet the requirements of automatic reversal systems. On Sept. 13, cars in production and pre-delivery orders would receive an OTA software update to fix the originated issue. This tiny update “enhances the calibration of the vehicle’s automatic window reversal system behavior,” tesla reported.

Though this is just a software update, it does not require any physical vehicle appearance to the company’s service center or dealership center. It’s just an over-the-air update that would rectify the problem quickly. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to criticize the description of the callback as the term “Recall.” “The terminology is outdated & inaccurate. This is a tiny over-the-air software update. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no injuries,” he said

In documents released publically on Thursday, both referred to the campaign as a recall.

More About Tesla

Tesla is an automotive and clean energy company founded in 2003, led by Billionaire Elon Musk. It designs and manufactures electric vehicles, solar panels, battery energy storage, solar roof tiles, and other products. It is one of the world’s most valuable companies and automakers, with a market capitalization of more than $840 billion. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, visions to accelerate the move of sustainable energy and transport obtained through solar power and electric vehicles. In late, 2021 company released its electric Cybertruck and now coming up with more futuristic products.

Gina Jackson
Gina Jackson leads Techywired's coverage of computing and gaming niche. She has been writing about best gaming laptops and PCs which is his passion right from the start of his career. She is a gaming geek from the early childhood and you can always find her playing video games in her favorite couch.

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