This week, Tesla issued another recall over a software issue in over 48,000 Model 3 electric vehicles. According to NHTSA, an issue with “track mode” is preventing the display from showing the correct speed.
While this is technically a “recall” in the traditional sense, most Tesla recalls are not the same as regular automakers. That’s because Tesla can quickly release software updates to fix a number of minor issues, and that’s exactly what’s happening this week.
On select Tesla Model 3 vehicles, while the car is in “Route Mode,” the display will show speed without the corresponding speed unit (mph or km/h), in violation of federal guidelines. So while the car is still showing a speed, meaning drivers aren’t racing blind, it still doesn’t meet legal standards.
It’s worth noting that this is neither the first nor the last Tesla recall situation. Most of them involve callbacks for optional software updates, like the phantom braking some drivers experienced after an OTA self-driving update. Not to mention late last year there was an update to disable gameplay on the front infotainment display while vehicles were in motion.
Typically, when a vehicle is recalled, owners must take a vehicle to a local dealership or shop for a repair. For most Tesla recalls, you can apply the latest software from the comfort of your own home. Basically, this isn’t a big deal, and it’s a quick callback from over-the-air software updates.
According to Tesla, this latest recall is a minor issue that was discovered internally and then reported to NHTSA. The automaker says there’s no evidence of any accidents or injuries resulting from the problem. The recall covers the 2018-2022 model year Model 3 Performance with firmware versions 2021.44.25 or later through version 2022.12.
According to Tesla, a new software update for Track Mode was rolled out around April 19 and most vehicle owners should already be running it or will be getting it shortly. In any event, Tesla will provide all affected owners with a recall notice within the next few months.
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