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Tesla Recalls 800,000 Vehicles for Seat Belt Reminder Issues


Tesla Model X | Image by John Voo, Flickr

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In the largest recall in Tesla’s history, NBC News reports the company plans to fix a problem with the seat belt chime in the vehicles. According to the recall, the seatbelt reminder chimes may not sound when the cars are started, and the driver has not buckled their seat belt. 

Federal motor vehicles safety laws require chimes to sound when vehicles are started, and the sound stops when front seat belts are buckled. The problem only happens if the driver left the car in the previous drive cycle while the chime sounded.

Tesla plans to fix this problem by sending a software update over the air, straight to owners’ vehicles this month. The company says in the documents that they were unaware of any crashes or injuries that occurred due to the problem and that a visual seat belt reminder is still displayed.

The problem was first discovered by South Korea’s Automobile Testing and Research Institute on January 6. According to the documents, Tesla then investigated and determined that it was a real problem and needed a recall on January 25.

According to documents from the safety regulator, the vehicles affected by this recall are the 2021 and 2022 Model S sedan and Model X SUV, and 2017 through 2022 Model 3 sedan and 2020 through 2022 Model Y SUV. This is the largest recall in the company’s history.

Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Tesla would recall almost 54,000 vehicles for their “Full-Self-Driving” feature. The problem was that the software would let them roll through stop signs without coming to a complete stop. 

On Tuesday, recall documents said that Tesla would fix this issue by disabling the feature with a software update, CNN reports.  Selected owners test the “Full Self-Driving” feature on Tesla vehicles on public roads. The company has warned that drivers need to be ready to intervene at any time when using the feature. 

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