In the US, Tesla has again issued a major recall of its electric vehicles. The California-based EV maker has recalled over 1.20 lakh units due to new safety fears. The latest recall has affected 120,423 units of Model S and Model X electric cars. A few days ago, Tesla recalled more than 2 million EVs to fix the Autopilot issue. The latest recall has been issued due to the risk of cabin doors being unlocked during a crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed Tesla’s latest recall on Friday. EVs affected by this recall are Model S and Model X electric cars manufactured between 2021 and this year, according to the nodal agency for road safety in the United States. The agency said not all recalled units comply with safety standards for side-impact protection. Tesla has released an over-the-air (OTA) update for customers of the affected models to resolve the issue.
About 10 days ago, Tesla reportedly recalled more than two million electric cars to fix a fault in its self-driving technology Autopilot. NHTSA is currently investigating this technology. The recall was issued to ensure that the driver’s attention remains on the road and traffic situation when the self-driving mode is activated.
December is proving to be a consistently bad month for Tesla. The recalls, issued this month, now cover nearly all electric vehicles sold in the United States since 2015 that have Autopilot Active. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is constantly backing his technology in the face of criticism and legal battles. However, these efforts have failed to save the EV manufacturer from all the charges it is facing in court, where more than 30 such accidents are registered.
Tesla Autopilot uses cameras and sensors to assess traffic around the vehicle. It also monitors lane markers on roads to keep the vehicle in safe lanes. However, critics of the Tesla Autopilot system have long argued that it has a flaw, even though the company has argued in favor of it. Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously said that Autopilot negates the possibility of human errors. And therefore, it can be much safer than an actual driver. But not everyone is convinced.