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Tesla Recalls Nearly 200,000 Vehicles in the U.S. Over Software Visibility Issue

San Francisco, January 27, 2024, The Europe Today: Tesla Inc. has initiated a recall of approximately 200,000 Model S, X, and Y vehicles in the United States following a software malfunction that could compromise drivers’ visibility during reverse maneuvers, as announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Friday.

This recall comes in the wake of a similar move by Tesla less than two months ago, where the company recalled almost all of its vehicles in the U.S. to implement additional safety features in its Autopilot advanced driver-assistance system.

The NHTSA revealed that the rearview malfunction, attributed to software instability, has the potential to reduce driver visibility, consequently elevating the risk of collisions. The affected models include the 2023 versions of the S, Y, and X.

In response to the issue, Tesla has promptly released a free over-the-air (OTA) software update to rectify the problem, according to the NHTSA. As of January 22, Tesla had identified 81 warranty claims that may be linked to the rearview condition, the regulator noted.

This recall comes amidst ongoing scrutiny of Tesla’s Autopilot system. In August 2021, the NHTSA initiated an investigation into Autopilot after identifying a series of incidents involving Tesla vehicles colliding with stationary emergency vehicles. The recall underscores Tesla’s commitment to addressing safety concerns promptly and ensuring the reliability of its vehicle software.