Tesla Rectifies Window Safety Issue with Software Update
By Yehudit Garmaise
During production testing last month, Tesla technicians realized that some of its models feature faulty windows that ascend so rapily that they could slam drivers’ and passengers’ fingers.
Due to that finding, the electric vehicle manufacturer recalled nearly 1.1 million vehicles.
Tesla said it is not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, crashes, injuries, or deaths in connection to the recall, however, on Wednesday, the company wrote a letter telling the National Highway Traffic Safety Administation (NHTSA) that the problem will be rectified, USA Today reported.
Windows that do not retract because they lack the proper automatic reversing systems could exert excessive force and slam onto the fingers of drivers and passengers, the NHTSA said.
Interestingly, because the high-tech automotive company views the windows’ safety risk as a “software bug,” drivers of the relevant models will not have to visit shops, or dealers.
Instead, Tesla drivers soon will receive update alerts that arrive on their apps and screens.
On Sept. 13, vehicles in production and in pre-delivery received software updates that set the power-operated window function to the requirements.
On Nov. 15, owners of some 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles, will be notified by a letter that their vehicles will receive software updates.