Tesla recalls 1.1 million US cars for power window fault


Tesla has recalled more than one million electric cars in the US, citing a fault which could cause power windows to trap an occupant’s fingers.

US electric-car giant Tesla has recalled close to 1.1 million vehicles in North America, due to a fault with the ‘soft-close’ power window software, which could injure occupants – including children – who mistakenly put their hands in the way of closing glass.

The recall affects 1,097,762 Tesla vehicles sold in the US, with the Model 3 (2017-2022), Model Y (2020-2022) plus Model S and Model X (2021-2022) listed in the recall notice.

According to documents submitted by Tesla to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “the window automatic reversal system may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction,” leading to an increased risk of injury to occupants.

Tesla employees identified the fault in August 2022, saying the window automatic reversal system performance had “greater than expected variations in response to pinch detection.” 

Further testing found vehicles affected by the fault are not compliant with US safety standards for power windows.

The US electric-car maker claims it is not aware of any injuries or warranty reports relating to the issue.

Tesla says it will rectify the issue by performing an over-the-air (OTA) software update of the automatic window reversal system, free of charge. 

A recall notice for the fault is yet to be issued in Australia.

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