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Tesla recalls 1.6m electric vehicles in China over safety concerns


Tesla is initiating a recall of over 1.6 million electric vehicles in China due to safety concerns arising from software issues, as announced by the country’s market regulator on Friday. 

The recall, prompted by identified problems with assisted driving features and door-locking systems, will be executed through remote ‘over-the-air’ updates to the vehicles’ software.

China holds crucial significance in Tesla’s global strategy, serving as both a substantial consumer market and the location of a major manufacturing plant in Shanghai. 

The State Administration for Market Regulation outlined the recall details in an online statement, specifying, “Starting from now, a total of 1,610,105 imported Model S, Model X, and Model 3, and domestic Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles with production dates between August 26, 2014, and December 20, 2023, will be recalled.”

SAMR highlighted the safety concerns, stating, “For vehicles within the scope of this recall, when the automatic assisted steering function is turned on, the driver may misuse the level two combined assisted driving function, increasing the risk of vehicle collision and posing a safety hazard.”

The recall extends to 7,538 imported Tesla models produced between October 26, 2022, and November 16, 2023, which were identified with “a problem with the door unlock logic controls.” 


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