Next time you close the Tesla window, count your fingers because the automaker is recalling 1,097,762 vehicles in the U.S. due to a window mechanism that could crush the car’s occupants.
Specifically, the side window automatic reversing system may not adequately protect drivers in the affected vehicles. The windows of some Tesla vehicles may close with more force than permitted by FMVSS 118, Section 5, and may not retract sufficiently once the vehicle detects obstacles.
While it’s unclear how much force the window system allows, Tesla said in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filings that it first became aware of the issue on August 19, 2022, when it found that the performance of the automatic reverse system had “larger variations, than expected. in response to compression detection.
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The automaker quickly launched an investigation into the matter and conducted compliance tests for multiple modes using different window positions, multiple spring rates, and gap designations.
The results of the investigation were tested between September 5 and 11, after which Tesla decided to start a voluntary recall campaign. All pre-shipment vehicles received a firmware release from September 13th that fixes the issue, and all affected vehicles in this area will now receive the over-the-air update.
Fortunately, Tesla is not aware of any injuries or warranty reports related to this issue. However, it does affect Tesla Model S manufactured between January 19, 2021 and September 16, 2022; X models built between February 12, 2021 and September 16, 2022; Models 3 manufactured between July 2, 2017 and September 14, 2022; as well as Y models manufactured between November 26, 2019 and September 14, 2022.
Tesla says it will reach owners on November 15 with an update that improves the performance calibration of the vehicle’s automatic window change system to ensure regulatory compliance. So far this year, Tesla has issued 14 recalls affecting 3.3 million vehicles, reports Automotive news.