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Tesla Recalls 285,000 Cars in China Over Autopilot Issues

» Posted August 18, 2021Resources | Share This Post

Tesla is calling back more than 285,000 vehicles in China, citing risks related to their autopilot systems.

The company says a glitch makes autopilot too easy to engage, which can lead to accidents, Time reports. The recall marks the latest chapter in the safety debate over Tesla’s driver-assist technology. 

The recall covers locally produced Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, according to Time. Tesla says it will update the autopilot system in those cars, free of charge.

The move comes as Tesla launches a monthly subscription service for drivers who want to test its new self-driving function. It also follows a string of accidents in the U.S. that have prompted safety concerns about autopilot, the advanced driver-assist program that uses cameras and sensors to “reduce” drivers’ “overall workload,” as Tesla describes it.

It appears that no one was behind the wheel when a Model S recently crashed into a tree in Houston, leaving two passengers dead. 

Meanwhile, a Florida driver had autopilot engaged in his Tesla when the vehicle drove beneath a semi-trailer, causing a crash that killed the man, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A Tesla sport utility vehicle driver reportedly using autopilot mode was also killed in California in 2018 when the car rammed into a freeway barrier near Redwood City.

Defective Car? Know Your Lemon Law Rights

Although recalls like the latest from Tesla are unfortunately common, the good news for California car owners is that you have some important rights and protections if you have been stuck with a defective vehicle.

The California lemon law requires car manufacturers to do a wide variety of repairs in vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also obligates manufacturers to buy back that the companies are not able or unwilling to fix. That means covering the purchase price and reimbursing the owner for financing costs and other expenses.

In some cases, a manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle. However, it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.

Talk with a California Lemon Law Attorney

If you are stuck with a detective or malfunctioning vehicle in California, an experienced California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.

Our lawyers have represented hundreds of clients across the state in defective vehicle cases. We are tireless advocates who are dedicated to ensuring that car manufacturers are held responsible when they do not live up to their responsibilities. Our firm has a strong track record of successful results for our clients.

Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.  Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law attorney today.


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