Faulty Self-Driving Software Brings Tesla Recall

AUSTIN, Texas – Tesla, Inc., (NASDAQ: TSLA) will recall certain model-year 2016-2023 vehicles to correct issues with their self-driving system.

The vehicles within the 362,758 recall population are equipped with the Autosteer on City Streets feature of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD Beta) software, which along with issues surrounding a variety of Tesla advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), have brought investigations and lawsuits to the electric-vehicle manufacturer’s door.

Covered in this recall are 2016-2023 Model S and 2017-2023 Model 3 sedans and 2016-2023 Model X and 2020-2023 Model Y sport-utility vehicles (SUVs).

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 23V-085, the defect responsible for the recall was: “FSD Beta is an SAE Level 2 driver support feature that can provide steering and braking/acceleration support to the driver under certain operating limitations. With FSD Beta, as with all SAE Level 2 driver support features, the driver is responsible for operation of the vehicle whenever the feature is engaged and must constantly supervise the feature and intervene (e.g., steer, brake or accelerate) as needed to maintain safe operation of the vehicle.

“In certain rare circumstances and within the operating limitations of FSD Beta, when the feature is engaged, the feature could potentially infringe upon local traffic laws or customs while executing certain driving maneuvers in the following conditions before some drivers may intervene: 1) traveling or turning through certain intersections during a stale yellow traffic light; 2) the perceived duration of the vehicle’s static position at certain intersections with a stop sign, particularly when the intersection is clear of any other road users; 3) adjusting vehicle speed while traveling through certain variable speed zones, based on detected speed limit signage and/or the vehicle’s speed offset setting that is adjusted by the driver; and 4) negotiating a lane change out of certain turn-only lanes to continue traveling straight.”

The federal agency went on to report the safety risk is under “certain driving maneuvers could potentially infringe upon local traffic laws or customs, which could increase the risk of a collision if the driver does not intervene.”

Tesla said it was unaware of any injuries or deaths related to this situation.

The remedy is an over-the-air (OTA) software update for all Tesla models with FSD Beta. The OTA update, which NHTSA believes “will be deployed during the coming weeks,” will improve how FSD Beta reacts to the driving situations outlined within the description of the defect. Tesla dealers were notified of the recall February 16th; owners are scheduled to be notified by April 15th.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.