Tesla owners should check for firmware updates or risk their windows turning out to be less than (h) armless.
According to what is technically a Tesla issued and published recall [PDF] by the US National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this week, the windows of affected vehicles may not detect obstacles and put customers at risk for “pinch injuries.”
Fingers, elbows or worse can get caught in the window when it closes, in other words. The technology to stop limbs and other things getting stuck is decades old, and Tesla has a problem with a million cars.
The notice estimates that the problem affects approximately 1,100,000 US customers who have purchased Muskmobiles in the past five years. This includes Model S and X vehicles produced between 2021 and 2022, 3 models produced between 2017 and 2022, and Y models produced between 2020 and 2022.
The fault was identified by Tesla technicians late last month, and after weeks of testing, the automaker produced an over-the-air firmware update to fix it. The good news is that most Tesla customers will be spared a trip to the dealership to install it.
Specifically, the software fix, we’re told, will recalibrate the vehicle’s automatic window reversing system to avoid potential injury. Meanwhile, vehicles delivered to customers after September 13 have already been repaired to mitigate the problem.
And since at least September 16, Tesla hasn’t been aware that anyone has been hurt. However, if you happen to own an interested Tesla, we recommend that you keep your figures clear of the windows until you have confirmed that your vehicle is up to date.
While Tesla is battling the inconveniences from pinching his fingers, Toyota this week it faces a hardware problem once again.
According to Reuters, Toyota could be forced to shut down its 10 production lines at seven Japanese plants for up to 12 days due to continuing chip shortages.
While supplies of some chips may improve, shortages of other components continue to haunt the auto industry. Reuters reports that Toyota now plans to produce around 800,000 vehicles globally in October, around 100,000 fewer than expected.
In July, the automaker blamed a combination of semiconductor shortages and COVID-19 over ongoing manufacturing challenges, which have been going on for months now.
in a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk downplayed the mistake and struck the fact that it must be classified as a recall even if it can be remotely fixed. One could imagine that hundreds of thousands of flash motors need to be taken off the road and repaired, when this is not the case.
“The terminology is outdated and imprecise,” the tech tycoon raged. “This is a small software update over the air. As far as we know, there were no injuries.”
And that’s not the only fire Tesla is trying to put out this week. On Tuesday, a Tesla Megapack battery in a California substation literally caught fire, prompting officials to close several streets and set up an on-site shelter order in Monterey Bay’s Moss Landing area.
The hell at the 182.5 MW plant, operated by Pacific Gas and Electric, has reportedly taken about 20 hours to contain, in part because the standard practice for containing lithium-ion battery fires is to allow them to become extinct.
The register contacted Tesla for further comments regarding the recall and the over-the-air update. As the business trashed its media relations team in 2020, we may as well send our request to