In Tesla’s third recall announcement this month, the electric-car maker is having to handle a difficulty with defective software program that’s affecting warmth pump efficiency. The issue is stopping quite a lot of newer automobiles from warming up and impacts their means to sufficiently defrost icy home windows, which may compromise security.
The recall, announced this week by the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA), entails greater than 26,000 Mannequin S, X, 3, and Y automobiles from the 2022 and 2022 mannequin years.
The defective software program might trigger a warmth pump’s valve to stay open, resulting in diminished efficiency.
Moreover leaving drivers in colder climates shivering of their automobiles, the difficulty can even stop an icy windshield from defrosting sufficiently, leading to diminished visibility that would improve the danger of a collision, the NHTSA mentioned.
Tesla hasn’t obtained any stories of crashes, accidents, or fatalities linked to the difficulty, although quite a lot of drivers have filed complaints concerning the lack of heating efficiency.
Tesla drivers operating the defective software program might obtain an alert on the automobile’s consumer interface informing them that the cabin heating, air flow, and air-conditioning system’s efficiency is proscribed or unavailable.
The NHTSA mentioned that firmware launch 2022.44.30.7 — and releases after that — treatment the situation by reintroducing a selected software program command.
Affected homeowners will probably be notified by mail in early April and be directed to resolve the difficulty by guaranteeing they set up the newest firmware through an over-the-air replace in the event that they haven’t already carried out so.
It’s not the perfect of months for Tesla relating to recollects. One other announcement initially of February concerned simply over 53,000 automobiles that wanted to have an FSD (full self-driving) characteristic eliminated to forestall the automobile from robotically rolling by means of cease indicators, whereas final week the automaker recalled greater than 817,000 automobiles to repair a difficulty the place the seat belt reminder chime was failing to play when the driving force hadn’t buckled up.
Questioning in case your Tesla automobile is affected by a recall? A fast technique to discover out is by heading to Tesla’s website and getting into your automobile’s distinctive 17-digit identification quantity.