Tesla has told federal regulators that it plans to recall more than 475,000 cars because of two separate defects that could affect safety.
A call back includes 356,309 Model 3 sedans from model years 2017 to 2020. Tesla announced to the regulator, the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that opening and closing the trunk could damage the wiring to the rearview camera in these vehicles. This could prevent images from showing up on the dashboard screen when backing up, which increases the risk of a crash.
the second callback includes 119,009 Model S sedans model years 2014 through 2021. These cars may have a misaligned latch on the front hood that could allow the hood to open unexpectedly.
Tesla reported the problems to security officials on December 21; The agency published the recalls on its website on Wednesday.
The steps come as the security agency stepped up its oversight of Tesla after being criticized for lax oversight in previous years.
In August, it initiated a formal investigation into Tesla’s autopilot system, which can autonomously steer, brake and accelerate a car with minimal input from the driver.
The agency is investigating how the autopilot detects objects on the road, especially parked ambulances with flashing lights. The investigation focuses on eleven cases where Tesla cars in autopilot mode ran into fire trucks or police cars that stopped on highways. One crash resulted in one death.
In September, Tesla released a software update to improve the autopilot’s ability to detect emergency vehicles, however did not immediately initiate a recallwhat the normal procedure is for an automaker to fix a security flaw. Under pressure from the security authorities, Tesla announced a recall in October.
The agency has also been reviewing more than two dozen other accidents in which cars have been operated on autopilot since 2016. Eight of these accidents resulted in a total of ten deaths.