Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million EVs in China for Steering and Door Latch Issues

Tesla is calling back more than 1.6 million Model S, X, 3, and Y electric vehicles exported to China due to concerns with their automatic assisted steering and door latch controls. The recall was announced by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation, emphasizing that Tesla Motors in Beijing and Shanghai would address the issues through remote upgrades, minimizing the need for car owners to visit service centers.

Automatic Steering Function at the Center of Attention

The recall is specifically related to problems with the automatic steering assist function in 1.6 million imported Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y vehicles. The notice points out that when drivers engage the automatic steering function, there is a potential for misuse of the combined driving feature, raising the risk of accidents.

To address this concern, Tesla will implement remote upgrades to enhance the functionality and safety of the automatic steering system.

Door Latch Logic Control Fix for Model S and Model X EVs

Additionally, the recall covers 7,538 imported Model S and Model X electric vehicles manufactured between October 26, 2022, and November 16, 2023. This specific recall is focused on fixing the door unlock logic control to prevent door latches from unintentionally opening during a collision.

In recent times, Tesla faced a recall in the U.S. involving over 2 million EVs to enhance the driver monitoring system. This came after a two-year investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which found defects in the system, leading to accidents, including fatal ones, while the Autopilot partially automated driving system was active.

Tesla aims to use online software changes to increase warnings and alerts, urging drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel. Despite these efforts, research from various agencies indicates that merely measuring torque on the steering wheel may not guarantee sufficient driver attention.

Tesla, led by CEO Elon Musk, has a significant presence in China, a crucial market and manufacturing hub for the company. Musk has established strong ties with Chinese officials, even amid strained U.S.-China relations. The company’s electric vehicle plant in Shanghai, operational since 2019, plays a key role in serving the Chinese, European, and other international markets. While Tesla holds a notable position as the second-largest seller of electric vehicles in China, the market leader remains the Chinese auto company BYD.