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First Cybertruck recall issued

The warning indicator lights (image: Tesla)
The warning indicator lights (image: Tesla)
Tesla's Cybertruck got its inaugural manufacturer recall for a rather interesting reason, along with nearly all of the 2.2 million Teslas sold in the US. The NHTSA says that Tesla has already addressed the issue.

During a "routine compliance audit," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered a small discrepancy with its regulations and forced Tesla into what some are calling a rather frivolous recall. While the new Tesla recall is massive and encompasses nearly all vehicles sold in the US - Model Y, Model 3, Model S, Model X, and even the new Cybertruck - the reason is rather prosaic.

It turns out that the font size of the "visual warning indicators is smaller than 3.2 mm (1/8 inch)," noticed the agency of the U.S. federal government, which "could reduce the driver’s detection of it when illuminated, increasing the risk of a collision," as per the recall document. Apparently, Tesla has failed to meet the 1/8 inch font size threshold for its Brake, Park and Antilock brake systems, prompting the recall of nearly 2.2 million vehicles.

Needless to say, this is a pretty easy fix and Tesla says that it is "not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths that may be related to this condition." Still, it initiated its largest voluntary recall to date in order to simply increase the warning lights font size starting with the 2023.44.30.13 software update that began rolling out last week.

The affected vehicles which didn't get to a font size "as prescribed by FMVSS Nos. 105 and 135" will get their software update in early February, says the NHTSA. Curiously enough, "the remedy described above was introduced to Cybertruck vehicles in production," claims the federal agency, making this the first official Cybertruck recall, too.

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Daniel Zlatev, 2024-02- 2 (Update: 2024-02- 7)