Nearly 120,000 Tesla cars recalled over potentially dangerous unlockable doors

Nearly 120,000 Tesla cars recalled over potentially dangerous unlockable doors

Nearly 120,000 Tesla cars recalled over potentially dangerous unlockable doors

Due to the possibility of doors being left open during a collision, Tesla is recalling slightly more than 120,000 Model S and Model X cars in the US.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tesla released an over-the-air (OTA) software update for model years 2021–2023, which do not meet federal safety standards for side-impact protection.

In a Friday filing with the NHTSA, Tesla reported that during a routine crash test earlier this month, it observed a cabin door unlatch following impact on the non-struck side.

Tesla found that the lockout feature, which was accidentally left out of the software updates it started releasing in late 2021, was not functioning in the test vehicle.

Tesla said it was unaware of any warranty claims or injuries relating to the issue.

Last week Tesla recalled all 2.03 million of its vehicles on U.S. roads, its largest action in the country to replace or fix a defective product. The recall was to install new safeguards in its Autopilot advanced driver-assistance system, after NHTSA cited safety concerns.

NHTSA told Reuters this week it plans to test software or hardware updates Tesla installs on recalled vehicles for the Autopilot issue.

The agency’s Vehicle Research and Test Center in Ohio has several Tesla vehicles that it will use to evaluate ways to remedy any issues, NHTSA said. It will consider additional information such as “real world incident outcomes before and after the remedy rollout as well,” it added.

The agency said it had not evaluated Tesla’s over-the-air remedy “because it only received the software update on the vehicles it owns a few days ago.”

(with inputs from Reuters)