Tesla Says Some 54,000 Vehicles May Blow Through Stop Signs
Tesla has another tech problem.
The luxury electric car manufacturer is recalling nearly 54,000 vehicles equipped with “full self-driving” software. The company says it needs to pull the plug on a “rolling stop” feature that may not allow cars to come to a full stop at intersections.
“A software functionality referred to as ‘rolling stop’ allows the vehicle to travel through all-way-stop intersections at up to 5.6 mph before coming to a complete stop if certain conditions are first met,” Tesla said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Entering an all-way-stop intersection without coming to a complete stop may increase the risk of collision.”
The recall covers certain 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3, and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles. The company said it would disable the “rolling stop” feature on those cars through a software update.
The feature was designed to allow vehicles to go through an all-way stop intersection at a very low speed if other moving cars are not detected.
“The feature, which appeared to violate state laws that require vehicles to come to a complete stop and required drivers to opt-in for what it dubbed ‘Assertive’ mode, drew attention on social media and prompted NHTSA to raise questions with Tesla,” David Shepardson reports for Reuters.
This is not the only safety issue impacting Tesla and the people driving its cars.
In January, the company announced that it was calling back roughly 475,000 cars because of hood and rearview camera issues. Both problems increase the risk of an accident, the company told NHTSA.
Meanwhile, regulators are investigating at least 2 accidents in which Teslas crashed into parked emergency vehicles, looking at how much the vehicles’ Autopilot driver-assist system was involved in the collisions. The federal probe comes as other crashes in California, Texas and Florida have reportedly been linked to Autopilot and motorists possibly taking their eyes off the road.
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