Tesla software update to fix power window pinching issue

Tesla is recalling more than a million vehicles due to a power window defect that “may exert excessive force in pinching” a passenger before retracting, although in this case a “recall” means fixing the problem. problem via over-the-air (OTA) software update.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration(Opens in a new window) (NHTSA), the auto-reversing system in some Tesla model windows “may not respond properly after detecting an obstruction,” increasing the risk of injury.

The defect, reported earlier this week, potentially affects more than one million Tesla electric vehicles, including some 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2022 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X cars.

The OTA firmware update improves “calibration of the behavior of the vehicle’s automatic window reversing system to ensure compliance” with federal motor vehicle safety standards.

During production testing last month, Tesla technicians discovered(Opens in a new window) that the performance of the automatic window reversing system “had greater than expected variation in response to pinch detection” and exceeded federal requirements. On September 12, Tesla issued a voluntary recall and pushed a firmware update for affected vehicles into production and pre-delivery containment the next day.

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All Tesla stores and service centers have been notified of the recall (22V702000) and owner notification letters will be mailed on November 15. Tesla is not aware of any accidents, injuries or deaths related to the window pinching issue.

It comes just four months after the luxury electric vehicle maker recalled nearly 130,000 cars due to a fault which, when fast charged, can cause the processor powering the infotainment system to overheat and a touchscreen lag or restart. According to NHTSA, this could prevent the display of important information such as rear view camera images, gear selection, windshield visibility control settings and warning lights.

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