Tesla Recalls 362,758 Vehicles Over Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD Beta) Fault.
Tesla has recalled 362,758 vehicles equipped with its Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta system. The recall has been announced on the official website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The FSD Beta recall affects certain 2016-2023 Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles outfitted with Autosteer on City Streets, also known as "Full Self-Driving Beta" or "FSD Beta."
According to the NHTSA, the FSD Beta defect could cause a vehicle to exceed the speed limits on inner-city roads. It may also lead to vehicles traveling illegally or unpredictably through intersections. These tendencies may increase the likelihood of car accidents.
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What Is the FSD Beta System?
The FSD Beta system is a component of Tesla's Autosteer on City Streets feature, which enables autonomous driving on certain roads. The system is designed to assist drivers in navigating city streets by assuming a portion of driving responsibilities. This advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) can regulate the vehicle's acceleration, deceleration, and steering.
Nevertheless, the FSD Beta system is still undergoing testing and is not yet entirely autonomous. Tesla has warned users that they must always keep their hands on the steering wheel and maintain focus on the road while the system is active.
What Are the Risks Associated with the FSD Beta System?
According to the NHTSA, the FSD Beta system may cause a vehicle to exceed the speed limits on inner-city roads and to navigate intersections in an unlawful or unpredictable manner. These tendencies can increase the likelihood of collisions, which is why Tesla initiated a recall.
The NHTSA notes that the FSD Beta system may allow the vehicle to act unsafe around intersections, such as traveling straight through an intersection while in a turn-only lane, entering a stop sign-controlled intersection without coming to a complete stop, or proceeding into an intersection during a steady yellow traffic signal without due caution.
In addition, the system may not adequately respond to changes in posted speed limits or account for the driver's decision to transgress posted speed limits by adjusting the vehicle's speed.
What Should Tesla Drivers Do?
If you own one of the affected Tesla vehicles, please contact Tesla at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla will issue a free over-the-air (OTA) software update to correct the FSD Beta flaw. The mailing of owner notification letters is anticipated by April 15, 2023.
In addition, Tesla has created a page on its website where owners can input their vehicle identification number (VIN) to determine whether their vehicle is affected by the recall.
What Is Tesla Doing to Address the FSD Beta Fault?
Tesla has collaborated with the NHTSA to fix the FSD Beta flaw. Late in January, Tesla contacted the agency regarding a potential FSD Beta issue. The NHTSA advised the company to submit a recall notice, and the two organizations met multiple times to discuss the matter.
Tesla issued a voluntary recall despite disagreeing with the agency's assessment, out of an abundance of caution. The NHTSA reported that as of February 14, 2023, Tesla had identified 18 warranty claims received between May 8, 2019 and September 12, 2022 that may be associated with the FSD Beta defect. No injuries or fatalities have been reported in relation to the prospective issue.