Tesla, Inc., a renowned electric vehicle manufacturer, has initiated a significant recall affecting 2,193,869 vehicles across multiple models due to a non-compliance issue identified with the instrument panel warning lights. This recall spans a variety of models including the 2012-2023 Model S, 2016-2024 Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, 2019-2024 Model Y, and the 2024 Cybertruck. The core of the issue lies in the incorrect font size used for the Brake, Park, and Antilock Brake System (ABS) warning lights, potentially hindering readability and increasing the risk of accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under Campaign Number 24V051000, highlights that these vehicles do not meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards numbers 105 and 135, which pertain to “Hydraulic and Electric Brake Systems” and “Light Vehicle Brake Systems,” respectively. The safety concern is that the smaller font size may reduce the driver’s ability to notice these warnings promptly, thereby elevating the potential for a crash.
In response, Tesla has commenced the rollout of an over-the-air (OTA) software update to rectify this issue, at no cost to vehicle owners. This update is designed to adjust the font size to meet regulatory requirements. Tesla plans to notify affected owners by mail starting March 30, 2024, advising them of the update and providing instructions on how to proceed if they have concerns or questions. Tesla’s customer service can be reached at 1-877-798-3752 for further assistance, referencing recall number SB-24-00-003.
Tesla’s proactive measures include an immediate investigation upon notification from the NHTSA and a swift action plan to implement the software remedy. As of January 24, 2024, Tesla reported three warranty claims potentially linked to this issue but no incidents resulting in crashes, injuries, or fatalities.
This recall underscores Tesla’s commitment to compliance with safety standards and its responsive measures to safeguard its customers. Vehicle owners can also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline for additional information regarding this recall.