Recall follows complaints of unintended acceleration
Software update is the expected fix
Tesla is being forced to recall nearly every vehicle it has sold in China. More than 285,000 vehicles, to fix a safety issue related to unintended acceleration. Most will be able to be fixed remotely, but some will need to come to a service center for the repair.
China’s State Administration for Market Regulation issued a statement on Saturday that 211,256 locally built Tesla Model 3 vehicles, as well as 35,665 imported cars and 38,599 made in China Model Y vehicles, would need to be recalled, Bloomberg reports.
According to the agency, “vehicles within the scope of this recall may cause the driver to incorrectly activate the active cruise.” That could lead to sudden acceleration and potentially a crash. The agency found that when the vehicle was in drive and the driver accidentally touches the right control lever in a sharp turn the car could suddenly accelerate to the last set speed.
That “will affect the driver’s expectations. It may lead to misjudgment of vehicle control and, in extreme cases, the vehicle may collide, posing safety hazards.”
While most of the vehicles will get an upgraded software package over the air, some will require a trip to a service center and those users will be contacted.
The recall was the result of a defect investigation resulting from customer complaints. A number of protests of Tesla brake failures and sudden accelerations have gone viral in the country.