Tesla, Inc. is initiating a recall affecting 2 million vehicles across its lineup, including the Model S, Model X, Model 3, Model Y, and the Cybertruck, due to an issue with the instrument panel’s font size. This recall is significant as it spans models from 2012 through 2024, marking a wide range of Tesla’s electric vehicles.
The vehicles in question display warning lights for the Brake, Park, and Antilock Brake System (ABS) in a font size that does not meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard numbers 105 and 135, which cover “Hydraulic and Electric Brake Systems” and “Light Vehicle Brake Systems,” respectively. The smaller font size could potentially reduce the visibility of critical safety warnings, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
NHTSA Campaign Number 24V051000 highlights the gravity of the situation, emphasizing the importance of adherence to safety standards designed to protect drivers and passengers on the road.
Tesla‘s response involves an over-the-air (OTA) software update, available to vehicle owners at no extra charge. This update is intended to correct the font size issue, ensuring that all warning lights are displayed according to regulatory requirements. The update rollout began in late January 2024, with further deployments scheduled for early February.
Vehicle owners can expect to receive notification letters starting March 30, 2024, detailing the recall and the steps Tesla is taking to address the issue. Tesla’s proactive approach also includes customer service support through their hotline at 1-877-798-3752 for any concerns or questions regarding the recall process.
This recall underscores the importance of digital displays in modern vehicles and the critical role they play in safety. By addressing this noncompliance, Tesla reaffirms its commitment to vehicle safety and regulatory adherence. Owners are also encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline or visit the NHTSA website for more information.
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