Tesla recalls 48,000 Model 3s cars over speedometer problem

Tesla Model 3 Performance Model

Tesla may soon recall a batch of Tesla Model 3 Performance models consisting of 48,184 electric vehicles due to a software glitch. These vehicles were produced between 2018 and 2022.

The software error is present in the speedometer of the electric vehicles. Due to this malfunction, when the car is in Track mode, the display shows the speed without the corresponding unit (in mph or km/h).

This bug arose after a firmware update released in December inadvertently removed the speed unit from the EVs’ UI.

In an official statement, Tesla stated that,

“The lack of a speed unit when using Track mode may not adequately inform the driver of the vehicle’s speed, which can increase the risk of a collision.”

Tesla added that,

“Tesla is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities associated with this condition.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the EVs don’t meet a federal motor vehicle safety standard and that if drivers don’t know how fast they are traveling, it could increase the risk of accidents.

The speedometer issue was discovered internally and so far there is no indication that it resulted in a crash or injury in the field. As previously mentioned, the issue is present in Model 3 Performance vehicles released in 2018-2022 with firmware versions 2021.44.25 or later.

At the time of writing this article, a wireless update has already been pushed to address the issue. In addition to the update, Tesla will also send an email notification to affected Model 3 owners in June 2022.

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