Patcay.com – Tesla is compelled to carry out another massive recall for its electric vehicles due to issues with the text layout on the instrument panel.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that the letter dimensions on several warning lights on the instrument panel were too small and considered a violation of federal standards.
In response, Tesla has to recall nearly 2.2 million of its electric vehicles, covering almost its entire fleet sold in the US, to address this issue.
Fortunately, for both Tesla and its customers, resolving this problem does not require drivers to take their cars to dealerships or workshops.
As reported by Engadget on Monday (2/5/2024), the solution to this issue can be implemented through wireless software updates via over-the-air (OTA) channels.
The NHTSA discovered this problem during a routine safety compliance audit in January 2024. Their findings indicate that the text or letters on the brake, parking, and antilock brake warning lights are smaller than required by federal regulations.
The NHTSA noted that this could make it difficult to read information, thereby increasing the risk of accidents for electric vehicles.
Affected Tesla models include Model S (2012-2023), Model X (2016-2023), Model 3 (2017-2023), Model Y (2019-2024), and Cybertruck.
Although Tesla has not received reports of injuries or accidents related to this issue, they have identified three potential warranty claims.
In December 2023, Tesla had already conducted a similar massive recall related to Autopilot issues, which could also be addressed through OTA updates.
Since then, they have also announced another recall related to door safety and backup camera issues, each affecting more than 120,000 vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that the NHTSA is intensifying its investigation into steering issues. They are conducting technical analysis that is bringing this investigation closer to the recall stage, involving more than 334,000 vehicles.
This investigation began in July 2023 after the NHTSA received 12 reports of steering loss in Model Y and Model 3 EVs from 2023.