In the wake of a $600,000 USD Super Bowl ad commissioned by tech CEO Dan O’Dowd, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall for 362,758 Tesla vehicles. The recall is in response to concerns surrounding the Full Self-Driving Beta software that the electric car manufacturer uses.
Tesla itself released a statement detailing the recall, which will impact certain 2016-2023 Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles that come with the FSD Beta software or are awaiting installation. The company admits that this software could be responsible for crashes that have been reported.
The NHTSA opened an investigation into the FSD Beta program after fatal accidents were documented on social media in August 2021. The agency is also examining the software’s erratic and self-destructive behavior. Acting head of the NHTSA Ann Carlson revealed, “We’re investing a lot of resources. The resources require a lot of technical expertise, actually some legal novelty, and so we’re moving as quickly as we can, but we also want to be careful and make sure we have all the information we need.”
As for the most recent recall, Reuters reported that Tesla will provide a free over-the-air update to its customers to address the issue.
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving system has been a topic of controversy for some time, with critics arguing that it may not be as safe as claimed. While Tesla has always stated that the software is meant to assist drivers rather than replace them, this recall seems to suggest that there are some issues that need to be addressed. Regardless, Tesla has promised to work diligently to ensure the safety of its customers and the general public.
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