Tesla Recalls 2 Million Vehicles Due to Autopilot Safety Concerns

New York – December 14, 2023


In response to a two-year investigation into over 1,000 crashes involving its Autopilot feature, Tesla has initiated a recall affecting nearly all 2 million vehicles on U.S. roads. The “National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)” cites concerns that the system can create a false sense of security, leading to potential misuse during challenging driving scenarios.

The over-the-air software update will provide enhanced warnings to Tesla drivers when the Autopilot’s “Autosteer” function is active. Post-recall, Autosteer will more rigorously check driver attention levels and may disengage if the system detects inattentiveness or encounters challenging road conditions.

The recall follows a recent investigation by the Washington Post, revealing serious accidents, some fatal, where Autopilot should not have been engaged. Despite Tesla’s emphasis on driver-assist features, NHTSA’s ongoing scrutiny underscores broader challenges in marketing self-driving capabilities.

This move could impact Tesla’s reputation and marketability, given the increasing competition in the autonomous driving sector. As Tesla’s stock experienced a slight decline, the long-term implications on the company’s valuation and market standing remain uncertain. Investors will closely monitor the fallout from the recall and its potential effects on Tesla’s position as the world’s most valuable automaker.

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