Tesla to ‘recall’ more than 285,000 cars in China
Electric car giant Tesla will “recall” more than 285,000 cars from the Chinese market after an investigation revealed problems with its driver assistance software that could cause traffic collisions, a government regulator said last night.
Tesla is reportedly contacting affected users to upgrade their vehicle’s software remotely for free, according to a notice from the State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR), adding that this affects some vehicles imported and manufactured in the country, model 3 and model Y.
“The recall plan has been filed with the State Administration of Market Regulation, and it has been decided to recall the following vehicles as of today,” SAMR said.
The order is the latest blow to the American self-driving car pioneer, which has come under increasing regulatory scrutiny in China due to several fatal collisions involving Tesla vehicles in recent months.
“Due to problems with the cruise control system (…) the driver can easily activate the cruise control function by mistake,” the Chinese government agency said in the notice.
“A sudden increase in vehicle speed will occur which could … in extreme cases result in a collision, posing safety hazards.”
The automaker has also been the target of numerous complaints from Chinese users on social media about quality and service issues, which culminated in a high-profile customer protest at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.
The cruise control feature, which “matches the speed of your car to that of surrounding traffic” is a key part of Tesla’s autopilot assisted driving feature, according to the automaker’s website.
Tesla’s road to China appeared to be paved with gold after founder Elon Musk was granted rare permission to build a wholly-owned factory in Shanghai, which saw him lead the pack on the massive Chinese electric car market.
The company is extremely popular in China, where it sells one in four cars.
The company announced last month that it would set up a data center in China, following reactions from users concerned that their data could be sent to the United States.
Tesla shares fell nearly 8% on the news during US trading hours yesterday.