Telsa issues urgent recall of almost 12,000 cars over safety fears – check if your vehicle is affected

TESLA has issued an urgent recall of 11,500 of its cars amid safety fears.

The warning affects the all four of the electric car maker's models: the S, X, 3 and Y model cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US said a glitch in the vehicles could "increase the risk of a crash".

A glitch in the full self-driving software could make the cars stop for no good reason.

Tesla's paperwork says the problems with automatic emergency braking can increase the risk of other vehicles hitting the cars from behind.

Elon Musk's firm issued a recall that automatically sent a software update fixing a safety problem in its EVs.

But recall documents posted on the NHTSA website today do not address another safety issue that had been raised.

The NHTSA said Tesla must explain why it wasn't doing recalls for safety related software updates done over the internet.

The public recall should ensure that owners get repairs done and that anyone buying a Tesla is aware of any potential safety problems.

The NHTSA can fine carmakers if they don't issue recalls quickly enough or if they don't fix all of the problems identified.

According to Tesla documents, a software update sent on October 23 introduced the glitch into the cars.

It affects all four Tesla models: the S, X, 3 and Y.

It is understood that Tesla started getting reports of issues from owners the day after the software update.

Drivers reported "phantom braking".

As a result, Tesla cancelled further updates or reverted software back to a previous version.

This disabled emergency braking on some vehicles.

The firm then developed another software update to fix the problem, which was sent out on October 25.

It issued a voluntary recall a day later on October 26.

The latest recall comes just days after almost 3,000 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y cars were recalled because of a defect affecting the front suspension.

Cars from the 2019-2021 model years and the crossovers from the 2020-2021 model years are affected.

An investigation found that two fasteners that attach the front suspension may loosen over time due to not being secured to the right specification.

Is my vehicle affected?

Product recalls are an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods.

Many safety notices for products are issued as a precautionary measure, letting consumers know an item may be dangerous.

Sadly, there's no central database that lists all the recalls across the UK.

For car and vehicle recalls you can visit the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

If you are worried that your Tesla might be affected you can use the company's recall search tool to check.

To do this you'll need your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number to hand.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice has been issued.

The Sun has asked Tesla to comment.

 

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