Tesla Motors is recalling almost 300,000 Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles that were delivered to China. Bloomberg and Nikkei Asia report that the country’s State Administration for Market Regulation published a statement on its website announcing the automaker’s decision. While the action is being referred to as a “recall,” owners are not forced to bring their vehicles in. Due to the fact that the update is intended to address dangers related with the vehicles’ assisted driving feature, Tesla will be able to correct the issue by putting out an online software update to enhance the company’s Autopilot system.
Bloomberg reports that the recall is the result of a regulator inquiry into product flaws. According to reports, the Autopilot feature on impacted vehicles is too easily enabled while driving, which could result in accidents.
The recall affects 211,256 Model 3 vehicles manufactured in China between December 19, 2019 and June 7, 2021, as well as 35,665 Model 3 vehicles imported in 2019. Additionally, 38,599 Model Ys are included, all of which were manufactured in China between January and June 7th. As the article adds, Tesla has officially delivered 275,000 Model 3s and Model Ys to China since 2019, so the recall affects nearly all of the vehicles it has sold in the nation.
Tesla began delivering automobiles manufactured in Shanghai’s Gigafactory 3 in December 2019. Following that, the manufacturer was reportedly compelled to equip its Model 3 vehicles with older Hardware 2.5 silicon rather than the more modern Hardware 3.0 silicon due to a global chip shortage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. China has prohibited Tesla automobiles from military bases, citing concerns that its cameras could pose a security danger. Additionally, the business declared that it will keep data from vehicles sold in China in domestic data centers.