Tesla recalls 40,000 vehicles due to possible steering assist problem

Tesla recalls 40,000 vehicles due to possible steering assist problem


WASHINGTON — A problem that could mean possible loss of steering assist has prompted US carmaker Tesla to recall more than 40,000 2017-2021 Model S and Model X vehicles.

According to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall requires a software update that will be made available to customers.

According to the statement, a firmware release changed the calibration value for the Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS) system. In rare cases on some 2017-2021 Model S and Model X vehicles, the updated calibration values ​​result in reduced or reduced power steering assist from outdoor road dynamics (ie potholes or bumps) inadvertently classified as unexpected steering assist torque. can be lost.

“Reduced or lost power steering assist does not affect steering control, but may require more steering effort from the driver, particularly at low speeds,” the statement said.

As of the release, an estimated 1% of the recalled vehicles have malfunctions.

Tesla said that, as of November 1, 97% of recalled vehicles have installed a new update that addresses the issue, and no further action is necessary from those owners.

As of November 1, Tesla has identified 314 vehicle alerts for this condition among US vehicles that have or may be related to this condition. Tesla is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to this condition.

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