Tesla recall because warning lights are too small
Steering failure investigation now one step closer to a recall
Tesla is once again recalling nearly every vehicle it has built. This time around, the automaker is recalling 2.2 million vehicles because the warning lights are too small. But there is a more serious recall on the horizon as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has upgraded an investigation into the steering system in hundreds of thousands of cars.
The latest recall covers 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. According to NHTSA documents, the warning indicator lights for the brake system, park brake, and antilock brake systems are all too small. That can make it harder to read critical safety information, which the agency says can increase the risk of a crash.
According to the NHTSA, the failure was discovered during a routine audit in January. The NHTSA notified Tesla that the vehicle failed to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 105 and 135. The standards say that certain visual warnings must be not less than 3.2 mm in height.
The fix is an over-the-air software update. Tesla began sending out the update on January 23rd.
Also yesterday, the NHTSA announced an investigation into a loss of steering control in Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles has been upgraded from a preliminary evaluation to an engineering analysis.
The NHTSA opened its investigation last July after receiving 12 complaints about loss of steering control in 2023 model-year Tesla vehicles. Since then, the company says the number of complaints to the agency has risen to 115, and it has received 2,176 complaints from Tesla.
The agency said there have been multiple allegations of blocking roadways, including more than 50 needing to be towed. There was one case where a driver said a failure led to a crash. The NHTSA is currently looking into two steering rack part numbers it believes are associated with the failures.