Tesla Recalls 1 Million Vehicles Over Power Window Danger
Tesla is recalling more than 1 million vehicles due to a problem with its power window safety controls.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the window automatic reversal system may not be able to detect an obstruction, leading to injury if something is in the way while the window is closing.
The power window devices and controls fail to comply with “Power-Operated Window Systems” federal requirements.
The recall impacts 1,096,762 vehicles and includes certain 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles.
Affected vehicles are expected to be fixed with an over-the-air software update and owners are expected to be notified by Nov. 15.
Tesla has been the focus of several recalls over the past year, as concerns about its Full Self-Driving software grow.
A California resident this week filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer citing it “deceived and misled consumers regarding the current abilities of its ADAS technology and by representing that it was perpetually on the cusp of perfecting that technology and finally fulfilling its promise of producing a fully self-driving car.”
The company has issued eight recalls over the past nine months, which typically are resolved by over-the-air software updates:
- In July, a software glitch prompted Germany’s automotive regulator to call for the recall of more than 59,000 Teslas.
- In May the company faced two recalls. The first was for 48,184 vehicles, due to an issue with its speed display in certain 2018-2022 Model 3 Performance vehicles. This was followed by another recall of 129,960 vehicles for overheating touchscreens.
- On April 18, Tesla recalled more than 7,000 Tesla Model X vehicles from 2021 to 2022 for side air bags not deploying properly in a crash. At the same time, it reissued a recall for its Boombox feature impacting pedestrian safety.
- On March 24, Tesla recalled 947 vehicles due to an issue with the rearview image not displaying immediately after the car is put into reverse, putting the vehicles out of compliance with a federal safety standard on rear visibility.
- On Feb. 10, Tesla recalled 578,607 vehicles with the Boombox feature that the NHTSA said violated federal safety standards.
- On Feb. 9, Tesla announced it was recalling more than 26,000 vehicles due to a defective windshield defroster software that the NHTSA said could reduce visibility, putting drivers at risk.
- On Feb. 2, Tesla announced it was recalling 53,822 vehicles equipped with self-driving features the company says may cause a crash by not stopping at stop signs.
- In December, the company issued a recall of 475,00 vehicles for issues with rearview cameras due to damage to the camera’s cable harness from opening and closing the trunk.