Tesla faces a major recall of over 1.6 million Model S, X, 3, and Y vehicles exported to China due to concerns with their automatic assisted steering and door latch controls.
This recall, marked as Tesla’s largest in China, significantly impacts the majority of vehicles sold in the country.
China’s state administration for market regulation issued the recall, indicating that Tesla in Beijing and Shanghai would employ remote upgrades to rectify the issues, reducing the need for physical visits to service centers.
The recall encompasses two major concerns.
Firstly, problems with the automatic steering assist function might lead to drivers misusing the combined driving function, potentially increasing the risk of accidents.
Secondly, a specific recall targets door unlock logic control for Model S and Model X vehicles to prevent door latches from opening during collisions.
This recall follows a significant US recall last month, encompassing more than 2 million Tesla electric vehicles (EVs), aimed at enhancing driver monitoring systems.
Despite Tesla’s efforts to improve its Autopilot system and driver attention, investigations by NHTSA and other agencies suggest a need for more effective measures.
This recall comes at a bad time for Tesla which was outsold for the first time in China by Chinese electric car maker BYD.
China has made great strides in car exports, surpassing Japan in the first part of 2023 for the first time making the country’s car manufacturing industry a real player in the world electric vehicle market.
BYD offers lower-cost, high-quality electric vehicles as an alternative to Tesla, selling over 3 million vehicles in 2023 alone.
BYD vehicles are not available in the US yet because of issues with tariffs and trade tensions between the two countries.