Tesla recalls 59,000 vehicles after software problem

Tesla Model 3

Tesla, owned by Elon Musk, has received a recall due to a software issue in the automatic emergency calling (eCall) feature in Model Y and Model 3 units.

The announcement was made on June 29 by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority or Kraftfahrtbundesamt (KBA) on its website and was first reported on Saturday by regional broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg.

The recall affects approximately 59,129 Model Y and Model 3 units worldwide, which were produced by the year 2022. However, the KBA message did not specify how many of the affected vehicles were registered in Germany.

According to the agency, a software bug causes the e-call function to fail, preventing it from automatically contacting emergency services such as 911 in the US, or a relevant emergency line in other countries, in the event of a serious accident.

“Software error leads to e-call system failure,” the agency said. According to the CBA, the recommended corrective action is a software update to resolve the issue.

According to RBB, the automaker’s newly opened Berlin Gigafactory is home to production of Germany’s Model Y vehicles. Affected owners have been instructed to call the manufacturer or drive to an authorized repair shop for a software update.

This is not the first time Tesla has been asked to recall its electric vehicles. In January 2022, the company had to recall nearly 54,000 vehicles in the US because of its “Full Self-Driving (FDS)” software, which allows drivers to drive through stop-sign intersections without coming to a complete stop.

Similarly, in December 2021, the company had to recall nearly 500,000 electric vehicles sold between 2017 and 2020 due to technical issues.

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