Tesla recalls vehicles after self-driving mode issue uncovered
Tesla is recalling almost 54,000 vehicles after it was found that cars taking part in the Full Self Driving Beta could run a stop sign. Failure to completely stop your vehicle at a stop intersection is illegal and could increase your risk of crashing.
The problem is caused by the self-driving software’s “rolling stop” feature, which means the car could travel through an intersection at speeds of up to 5.6 mph (~9.0 kph) and therefore would not necessarily come to a halt at a stop sign.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the “rolling stop” problem has been found in Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. The NHTSA has said that Tesla is not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths relating to this software issue.
To remedy the problem, Tesla will disable the “rolling stop” feature through its next over-the-air update, which is expected to be deployed in early February. Documents from the NHTSA state that Tesla will notify affected owners by mail shortly.
This recall follows another from December, when Tesla recalled nearly half a million cars following the discovery of issues with the rearview camera and the front hood latch. The NHTSA also investigated the Passenger Play feature in Tesla vehicles in the same month after concerns were raised about it being a distraction for the driver. Tesla has since disabled the feature while the car is moving.