China orders Tesla to recall 1.1 million vehicles over brake risk
China has ordered Tesla, the world’s major electric car maker, to recall 1.1 million vehicles, citing problems with the acceleration and braking systems of some models made in China and abroad.
The decision was announced by China’s market regulator following an investigation into the reported deficiencies, according to a statement released on Friday. The recalled vehicles include some imported Model S, Model X, and Model 3 cars, as well as Chinese-made Model 3 and Model Y cars produced between January 12, 2019 and April 24, 2023.
The issue concerns the vehicle’s regenerative braking system, which generates electricity from the car’s motion when the driver takes their foot off the accelerator. The State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement that the car may not issue a warning when the driver presses the gas pedal hard for a long time.
This defect can lead to arrive The statement said there was an increased risk of collision.
Tesla said it would fix the vehicle by wirelessly sending a software update to the vehicle, according to the regulator’s statement.
This is the second Tesla recall in China in recent months. In March, Tesla recalled 2,649 vehicles produced between October 2015 and August 2020 after Chinese regulators said the hoods of some imported Model S vehicles were at risk of opening while the vehicles were running, increasing risk of collision.
China is an important market for Tesla, The country’s revenue rose to $18.2 billion last year Starting with $13.8 billion in 2021. The recall will begin on May 29, and Tesla will notify relevant owners by email or text message. Chinese regulators did not say how many of the recalled Teslas were imported.
Tesla also faces problems with U.S. regulators. In February, Tesla recalled more than 362,000 vehicles equipped with its Full Self-Driving driver assistance system after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found it increased the risk of accidents.
In documents posted on its website, the agency said the driver-assistance system can steer, accelerate, brake and change lanes on its own, allowing a vehicle to speed and pass an intersection in an “unlawful or unpredictable manner.” It said Tesla was not aware of any deaths or injuries caused by the flaws the agency found.
In a possible setback for Chief Executive Elon Musk, Tesla disclosed in a regulatory filing in January that the Justice Department had requested documents related to the company’s self-driving software. As regulators investigate the safety of the technology, some Tesla owners have filed lawsuits arguing that Tesla’s Autopilot software has not lived up to Mr. Musk’s promises.